2018 Dishman Hills Winter Hiking Schedule

Join members of the Dishman Hills Conservancy on free hikes around our beautiful, local terrain! With a group, it’s a great way to get out and about no matter the weather. Take time to ramble. Register for these free events ahead of time at dishmanhills.org/events.

Note: Hikes will be snowshoe hikes if there is 12” or more of snow—check the website for updated conditions.

Dishman Hills Natural Area (Photo courtesy of DHC)

Friday Ramble to Big Rock – #OptOutside

November 23, 2018, 9 am – 12 noon

Join Rick Severn, DHC Education Chair and Board Member on this leisurely ramble.

All ramblers should meet at the Stevens Creek parking lot 9102 S Stevens Creek Rd, Spokane, WA 99223 at 9:00 am for this three hour ramble. This loop hike will take us to Big Rock, the Rocks of Sharon, and across the Upper Valley trail of the Iller Creek Natural Area as we explore the effects of geography on two striking different adjoining ecosystems.

Please be prepared for a variety of trail surfaces and conditions on the moderately difficult ramble with an initial elevation gain of about 700 feet.  Trekking poles and microspikes or Yaktraks may be required, food, water, and other essentials are the participant’s responsibility. A map will be provided.

Photo by Jeff Lambert

Glenrose Unit – Hike

12 noon to 3 pm, Saturday, November 24, 2018

Jeff Lambert, Executive Director will lead this moderate hike from the new trailhead at 3701 S Thierman Road – about one mile east of the Chase Middle School.

The pace will be moderately difficult. There will be a 3-mile and a 5-mile option. The trails might be slippery so bring hiking poles and microspikes or Yaktraks, food, water, and other essentials

(Photo courtesy of DHC)

Big Rock Addition Hike – Stevens Creek Road

1 pm on December 23, 2018 at Stevens Creek Trailhead

9102 S Stevens Creek Road, Spokane, WA

Jeff Lambert will lead this hike that will wind through the proposed new 120-acre Big Rock Addition. The route will be about three miles with some steep and difficult trails and some short off-trail sections.

Hiking poles, microspikes, food, water, and other essentials should be brought along on this hike. A map will be provided.

Iller Creek Conservation Area, Rocks of Sharon, Big Rock (Photo courtesy of DHC)

Winter Solstice Glow Ramble

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm

Join Rick Severn, DHC Education Chair and Board Member to celebrate the Winter Solstice with this leisurely ramble to Nimbus Knob.

The ramble will begin at the 8thAvenue and Park entrance (7500 E 8th Ave, Spokane, WA 99212) to the Dishman Hills Natural Area.  Enjoy the light show that is Spokane and Spokane Valley while learning a little about the history of the Dishman Hills. We will be ascending and descending in the dark on this longest night of the year, so bring plenty of light to illuminate your way.

Please be prepared for a variety of trail surfaces and conditions on this 1.8  mile moderately difficult ramble with an elevation gain of about 340 feet.  Trekking poles and ice creepers, food, water, and other essentials are the participant’s responsibility. This ramble is suitable for children that are able to hike two miles unassisted at a leisurely pace. A map will be provided.

Big Rock Addition Hike – Stevens Creek Road

1 pm on December 23, 2018 at Stevens Creek Trailhead

9102 S Stevens Creek Road, Spokane, WA

Jeff Lambert will lead this hike that will wind through the proposed new Big Rock Addition. The route will be about three miles with some steep and difficult trails.

Hiking poles, microspikes, food, water, and other essentials should be brought along on this hike. A map will be provided.

Dishman Hills Natural Area (Photo courtesy of DHC)

First Day- Glenrose Conservation Unit Ramble

Tuesday January 1, 2019, 9:30 am – 12 noon

Join Rick Severn, DHC Education Chair and Board Member for a 5.6 mile ramble in the Dishman Hills Conservation Area -Glenrose Unit. Enjoy great views, deep forests, and open ridges on this ramble.

Meet at the new parking lot at 9:30am for this ramble. The Glenrose Trailhead is at 3701 S Thierman Road.

Please be prepared for a variety of trail surfaces and conditions on this moderately difficult ramble over rolling terrain.  Hiking poles and microspikes, food, water, and other essentials are the participant’s responsibility. The actual length of the ramble will be dependent on interest and conditions.

 

Register for these free events at dishmanhills.org/events.

 

Winter Hiking Tips: Hiking in the winter can be great & just a short drive away in the Hills. Bring gloves and a warm hat along with extra layers. Always bring water and a snack. Print a map at our website. Icy trails can be a serious problem – so bring hiking poles and microspikes. Trailheads are typically snow plowed and only if there is 8” or more of new snow will you need snowshoes.