"Of all the paths you take in life make sure a few of them are dirt" US Forest Sevice

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Centenial Trail in Spokane Valley, WA

The Spokane River Centennial Trail is a 37 mile paved recreational trail for pedestrians and non-motorized vehicles. The trail stretches from Sontag Park in Nine Mile Falls, Washington to the Washington / Idaho state line. It continues another 24 miles beyond the Washington state border into Idaho as the North Idaho Centennial trial through Post Falls and into Coeur d'Alene.
We surprised by all of the trails so close to Spokane for bike riding once we arrived.
Mirabel Springs on the edge of Mirabel Park east of Spokane. The falls colors beautiful and so much to explore. Mike got to ride with the local cycle club a few time and I did once. It is a great way to learn new areas for a bike ride.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dishman Hills and Mt Spokane Hikes

Dishman Hills Natural Area, adjacent to Camp Caro Community Park, is 530 acres of dramatically sculpted rocky hills and ponds with areas of grasses mixed pine and fir forest, aspen groves, views, and a profusion of wildflowers every spring. Dishman Hills has been protected as a natural area for over 30 years, serving as habitat for wildlife and as a passive recreational resource with miles of designated trails.
Another hike we decided to try was up Mt Spokane. There were quite a few trails. I think we picked the up trail.
The cabin was built and used by the CCC. Pass though both forest and meadow on the way to this heritage site on the aptly named Beauty Mountain within Mount Spokane State Park. During the Great Depression, this was the summer spike camp of Company 949 of the Civilian Conservation Corps, voted the best of the nation's CCC camps.
Sometimes you have to find a way to get where you want to get. It was worth it once we got to our destination.