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Don't get me wrong, there is definitely plenty of snowshoeing available in the area when it comes to visiting the Ski Resorts. But sometimes I only want to go out for an hour, without driving 2 hours round trip to do it. I'd really love to find some nice trails that are closer then the typical 1-2 hour drive to the Mountains.
Does anyone know of any other places to snowshoe "in town" or at least closer to the mountains.
At this rate, up and down my street works... but I'd like something a little more scenic.
If you haven't tried the Dishman Hills Natural Area, I would suggest giving it a go. Head South toward Eagle Peak for a nice little snowshoe trip and decent views. Nimbus Knob has nice views as well and is closer to some of the trailheads.
Here is a decent map of the area: http://www.dnr.wa.gov/Publications/eng_rms_dish_both.pdf
Hey this is great. I thought that there was something in that area but I'd just never looked into it.
Can't wait to check it out.
You may want to check out Riverside State Park, in the Bowl and Pitcher area...gorgeous.
The little Spokane natural area has some nice spots. The golf courses can be nice also. Especially at night.
Tony, good question to stir up answers for those who may not know...
Anywhere that we ride Mountain Bikes in the area works well. As mentioned, Riverside St. Park, Dishman Hills (no Bikes in the natural area), High Drive, Beacon Hill aka the Minnehaha Park area. Indian Canyon across from the Golf course also has a trail system. You can also look to the Liberty Lake and Newman Lake areas they have small parks - I can't remember the names of them though. Sorry for the lack of details. I have seen all manner of wild animals in these places so be aware of moose and cougar. I am not trying to be alarmist but they are out there and can pose a danger. Of course this is all depends on the snow not melting at lower elevations!
Higher elevation areas could include Canfield butte and the Mineral Ridge and Caribou Ridge areas near Cd'A. There are some steep and more technical spots there however.
there is the www.meetup.com website that has two hiking/snowshoeing/skiing etc groups in there
Its free to join, I went on many of their outings. If you want to know more, email me at
SophieSellsSpokane@yahoo.com or go to their website and put in Spokane. There are may groups
available. Its International. Good Luck.
I've wanted to go snowshoeing for the last two winter seasons, where is a good place to get quality gear for a reasonable price?
Yeah, Joseph is right. Check out either Mountain Gear or REI. And for a beginner it's pretty simple stuff. There's only a couple kinds of setups and most people start with the all around 'recreational' shoes anyway. Unless your first trip will be backpacking up the side of a mountain, I wouldn't worry too much.
But get out there and try for sure, it's great exercise and tons of fun.
A good place to start might be a guided trip with Spokane City Parks. You get a chance to experience it before you buy, and you can talk to a guide about equipment and not worry about someone trying to up-sell you.
I went on the Lake Gillette trip and we had a blast, video here.
The Mountain Gear guys do tend to know their stuff and to sell good equipment. There are other shops that sell snow shoes such as REI, but it tends to be a little more hit or miss to get somebody to ask you the right questions to help you determine which would be the best items for you.