Hike of the Month

View from the trail, looking northeast, near Maple Mountain.-- subalpine fir trees and bunch grass in the foreground, green and brown rolling hills in the background, blue sky and puffy white clouds.

Hike Sweat Creek Basin Trail to Maple Mountain

Spring day hike near Republic, WA: Sweat Creek Basin Trail to Maple Mountain — with options to plan a backpacking trip.

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Small white and red tent in an open patch on wild bunch grass near Z Lake, with flat topography in the distance and party cloudy blue sky.

Spring Hiking At Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area

Where to explore and what to expect at Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area, in Lincoln County, Wash., less than 1.5 hours west of Spokane.

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Liberty Lake at sunrise from the Arrow Leaf Trail at Etter Ranch. // Photo: Holly Weiler

Hike of the Month: Trentwood Trailhead, Etter Ranch

Trentwood Trailhead at Etter Ranch provides a third access point to the Antoine Peak Conservation Area trail system in Spokane Valley, WA.

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Trail runner on the Flying L Trail at Glenrose.

Flying L Trail & Inside Passage Loop – Spokane Valley

Hike the Flying L Trail and Inside Passage Loop in the Glenrose Unit of Dishman Hills Conservation Area in Spokane Valley, Wash.

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Trailhead historical information sign at the Pulaski Tunnel Trail.

Hike the Pulaski Tunnel Trail – Wallace, Idaho

At the time of this writing, the Inland Northwest is facing extreme drought conditions. Extreme heat, early season burn bans, and numerous small wildfires throughout …

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Little Spokane River Natural Area - water surrounded by grasses, cat tails, and trees.

Hike to Rustler’s Gulch at Little Spokane River

A lovely spring hike, located in a portion of the West Branch Little Spokane River Wildlife Area, that’s a lollipop loop with a mix of double- and single-track trails.

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Red, yellow, white, and purple wildflowers on the mountainside of the Pend Oreille River valley in northeast Washington.

The Trailhead: Trail Projects & Plans for May-June 2021

Welcome to The Trailhead — a new column that replaces “Hike of the Month” to serve as a round-up of interesting projects and plans for trails in the Inland Northwest.

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View of rolling green hills of Palouse farmland from the summit from Kamiak Butte.

Hiking Kamiak Butte in Whitman County, Wash.

Kamiak Butte (3,641′ elevation) is the second tallest point in Whitman County and a designated National Natural Landmark. One of four county parks, the butte can have some of the earliest spring wildflowers in March and April, although early season visitors should also be prepared for potentially snowy and icy conditions in shady spots as well as higher on the trail system.

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Light and shadows from Deer Creek Summit SnoPark.

Trekking to Deer Creek Summit

Located in the Kettle River Range of NE Washington, you can snowshoe, cross-country ski, or hike to Deer Creek Summit via South Loop Trail.

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