Mount Spokane State Park

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You could hike for days and not see the same view twice at Mount Spokane State Park.

One of Washington's largest state parks, Mount Spokane has 100 miles of trails in the richly forested Selkirk Mountains. The summits of Kit Carson, Day Mountain and Mount Spokane are waiting to be conquered. The charming, historic Vista House atop Mount Spokane and the Quartz Mountain fire lookout provide stunning views of the Spokane Valley, the north Idaho panhandle and Canada. In early summer, hikers stroll among bear grass, lupine and other wildflowers, through Ponderosa pine and subalpine meadows. By late summer, the meadow grasses turn amber, huckleberries ripen and the fireweed is blooming.

More than 79 miles of trail also are open to mountain bikers and equestrians, so feel free to take a good long ride. Just watch out for giant moose known to amble across the trail or road.

Winter is the sparkly season at Mount Spokane State Park. Ice-encrusted trees stand out against crisp blue skies, while bundled skiers and snowshoers glide across blankets of white. Feeling the need for speed? Don your warm, windproof gear, and gas up your snowmobile; Mount Spokane has enough snow for both human-powered and motorized winter fun.

When you tire of energy bars, electrolytes and other hiking food, you can get a good meal in the bustling hub of Spokane. Mount Spokane has eight first-come-first-served campsites and the Quartz Mountain fire lookout, but more camping is available at Riverside State Park only 35 miles away.

Park features

Mount Spokane State Park is a 12,293-acre camping park in the Selkirk Mountains with 100 miles of trails and panoramic views from the summit of 5,883-foot Mount Spokane. In winter, the park receives approximately 300 inches of snow.

The state park also features nearly 60 kilometers or 37 miles of Nordic ski trails through widely varying terrain for both classic and skate skiing when there is snow. The Selkirk Lodge in the cross-country ski area provides restrooms, water, tables and a wood stove. It is open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. December through March. Along the trails you can enjoy a break at the Nova Hut which offers tables and a wood stove. The Nordic trails are professionally groomed five days a week (weather permitting). For a daily grooming report call (509) 238-4025.

Sixteen miles of groomed roads are available for snowmobiles and all types of non-motorized use. Other designated trail systems in the park that aren’t groomed are also open to non-motorized use including snowshoeing, back-country skiing and snowboarding, and fat-tire biking to name a few.

Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.

Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and one-day Sno-Park permit. Annual Sno-Park permits can be purchased at the park office or online. Sno-park permits are required at Mount Spokane December through March.

MOUNT SPOKANE SKI AND SNOWBOARD PARK

The Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is operated by Mount Spokane 2000 within Mount Spokane State Park. It has been a fixture in the local Spokane community since the 1930s, when members of the Spokane Ski Club formed the first organized skiing on the mountain. In 1997, community volunteers again joined to incorporate Mount Spokane 2000 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

  • The ski park includes 1,704 acres of skiable area, 2,000 skiable vertical feet, 52 designated runs, six chair lifts and one surface lift in the learning area, terrain park and a tubing hill. Night skiing is also available on a limited schedule. For more information, schedule and winter events, visit online or call (509) 238-2220. 
  • To check on current snow conditions call 509-443-1397.
  • A Sno-park permit is not necessary if you are parking in the designated areas for Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park.
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ADA amenities/facilities

  • Campground

Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities. 

Picnic & day-use facilities
The Vista House can hold up to 50 people and is available from July 1 to Sept. 15. Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.

Activities

Trails

  • 90 miles of bike trails
  • 100 miles of hiking trails
  • 100 miles of horse trails

Winter activities & features

  • Alpine skiing
  • Back-country skiing
  • Fat-tire biking
  • Groomed trails.
  • Nordic skiing
  • Snowbiking
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
Other activities & features
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking
  • Wildlife viewing

Additional information