Mt Spokane User's Guide Book Release



The first comprehensive guide to Mt. Spokane State Park is now available!

Ten years in the making and published locally by Gray Dog Press, this 150 page volume covers everything you need to know about what to do, where to go, and how to make sure you are following all the rules in this 13,200 acre natural playground in Spokane’s backyard.
It contains the most accurate and up-to-date GIS based color relief maps available for all the trails and roads, including those used for Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, and snowmobiling.

Fifteen trail routes are mapped and described in detail with elevation profiles and numerous photos. Proposed trails and projects are also described, so you will know what changes to expect in the near future. You’ll also find a complete checklist for birds and butterflies found in the park, including 32 color photos of those most commonly seen.

There is a summary of the early history and a more thorough accounting of the last 20 years of park planning, including a review of the land classification and master plan jointly developed by the local Advisory Committee and Parks Commission staff.

Written by the Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park president, Cris Currie, the book represents the culmination of the Mt. Spokane Friends Group/Advisory Committee activities since 1995.

After April 3, 2015, the book will gradually become available all over the Pacific Northwest, but if purchased at the Mt. Spokane or Riverside park offices, Mountain Gear, Fitness Fanatics, or Bear Creek Lodge, a full 60% of the $14.95 cover price will be returned to the non-profit Friends Group to help further its work in the park. A better deal is hard to find!

Updates and Revisions

Page 38. The first full paragraph has been revised to read: In 1991the NHP found five priority plant communities at Mount Spokane in need of protection. They are: the western hemlock/queenscup beadlily community, the western hemlock/beargrass community, the subalpine fir/beargrass community, the lodgepole pine forest, and the Idaho fescue-buckwheat community. Current Natural Forest Areas within the park are intended to help protect these plant communities. Five other natural communities found at Mount Spokane were described as: grand fir/queenscup beadlily, western hemlock/fools huckleberry, subalpine fir/smooth woodrush, western hemlock/oakfern, and the western redcedar/skunkcabbage.

Pages 40-44. Three butterfly species have been added. These are the Dreamy Duskywing (Erynnis icelus), the Persius Duskywing (Erynnis persius), and the Dun Skipper (Euphyes vestries).

Bottom of page 28. The Blanchard Creek Road through the park was permanently closed to vehicles in 2015. Hiking is still possible, but not particularly easy. Pages 99-100. The Blanchard Creek Road is a county road that can no longer be maintained and has been closed to vehicles at the park boundary with six tank traps and a few fallen trees. It is still best to park cars at the road junction that is 0.5 mile past the end of the maintained road and the signs that read Summer Road and Road Closed in ˝ Mile. The main road then curves to the right and immediately passes a split to the left and then two to the right. There are two more tank traps about a mile down from the high point just before the four way intersection. After the four way intersection, the trail gets extremely rough with frequent deep water bars and tree branches. Fortunately it is just a short distance to the turnoff for Three Rocks. The trail to Three Rocks is still open although it is getting more eroded. Past this turnoff (Option #3) a mountain bike would be completely useless as the Blanchard Creek Road gets much worse with large fallen trees and frequent deep water bars all the way to the crossing of Blanchard Creek. There is a new locked gate at the north park boundary and still a nice little spot by the creek just beyond it. With regard to Option #2, Trail 193 now has 9 tank traps but it still leads to a pleasant hill top and the best views of the park’s west side.

Page 118. New paragraph for Mt. Spokane Summit Route. The Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park has added an additional uphill travel route with several restrictions for backcountry skiers. The route is available between 6:30 AM and 9:10 AM on days the ski area is open, except on days with ski race events. Skiers are permitted to skin up from Lodge One and follow the left outside edge of the B-29 run and then the left outside edge of the Tea Kettle run to the summit. At 9:10 AM, skiers must transition to downhill skiers regardless of where they are on the route and they are then subject to the same rules as other downhill skiers. Before 9:10 AM, the descent route is limited to Tea Kettle and B-29. After 9:10 AM, skiers may take any open run. Skiing and snowshoeing is permitted within the patrolled boundary when the lifts are not operating until grooming operations begin. Grooming normally begins at 4:00 PM on Tuesdays. For more information please go to: www.mtspokane.com/uphill-travel-policy.