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Deep Creek Loop in Riverside State Park

Photo by Holly Weiler.

For many people in the Inland Northwest, finishing Bloomsday is a rite of passage. As a former road runner with several Bloomsday finishes, I understand the allure of the race and the festival atmosphere on that first Sunday in May. ...

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Folsom Farm to Hog Canyon Loop

Photo of Hog Lake Falls by Holly Weiler.

Easy access to both the mountains and the deserts ranks high among the many benefits of living in the Inland Northwest, and April is a month for deserts. While it could still snow at any moment in the higher elevations, ...

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Sherman Point Loop (Sherman Creek Wildlife Area)

The first time I visited the Sherman Creek Wildlife Area, I was delighted by what I found in a location I have never seen described in local guidebooks. Sherman Creek is roaring in the springtime, and with its low elevation, ...

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Riverside State Park, Bowl and Pitcher Loop

I have a favorite loop in Riverside State Park that can be especially nice for mid-winter visits when I’d prefer to run or hike rather than ski or snowshoe. With a base distance of 4.7 miles and so many trail ...

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Liberty Lake and Split Creek Loop Plus Falls

December is a fickle month for hiking. Time it right and you may be able to soak up a little sunshine; other times you may just end up soaked. Some favorite local trails can start the day as a skating ...

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Snow Peak Cabin: Colville National Forest

When choosing a fall hike, my biggest considerations are always seeing the best fall colors and finding safe trailhead access in case of changing weather conditions. That last one also suggests a third consideration: keeping myself comfortable and warm, prepared ...

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Canfield Gulch, Antoine Peak Conservation Area

Big changes are taking place at Antoine Peak Conservation Area. Purchased in three phases that were completed in 2011, Antoine has long boasted a sizable trail system on its 1,076 acres. However, that trail system has always consisted of former ...

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Elk Creek Falls and Mill Pond, Colville National Forest

While it’s true that waterfall hikes are more spectacular in the full flow of early spring, their cooling properties can be better appreciated on a hot summer day. This hike begins by crossing an open hillside with a good view ...

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Gardner Cave, Crawford State Park

On average, July is the warmest month in Spokane. So what if I told you that you could go on a hike where you were guaranteed to experience 39 degrees Fahrenheit, even on the hottest July day? When the local ...

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Quartzite Mountain (Colville National Forest)

Quartzite is one of the most prominent natural roadside features of the drive north on Highway 395, where the rocky outcroppings form a gorgeous backdrop for the town of Chewelah. The only way to improve the view is to climb ...

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