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Pond Loop Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (6)

Easy trails near downtown Spokane with great outdoor life!


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1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

Point to Point

2,228' 679 m

High

2,020' 616 m

Low

220' 67 m

Up

146' 45 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Not much elevation gain and a wide, well-maintained trail make it easy for kids to enjoy this trail.

Foot traffic only.

Description

This loop trail provides several views of Mica Peak to the east and Mt. Spokane to the north, so be sure to slow down to enjoy the scenery while you're out. The pond is flush with wildlife in the spring and early summer but dries out by July/August. The unique rock formations are a result of a series of parallel fault lines that run through the Spokane region.

The trail itself is a wide singletrack that is quite friendly to navigate. Consistent maintenance has tamed any obstacles that would be present. Due to the forested nature of the trail, there is ample shade, which makes the trail a great option during warmer summer months.

This trail also provides a jumping-off point for many other beautiful trails in the Natural Area, such as the Nimbus Knob Trail and the Pinecliff Loop Trail. The trail is especially beautiful during the spring, summer and fall and the park is an excellent snowshoe area in the winter.

Flora & Fauna

This is a great place to see various animals from squirrels and rabbits to coyotes, cougars and the odd bear and moose. In addition, there is a large diversity of wildflowers in spring and early summer.

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Shared By:

Carol Christensen

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  4.5 from 6 votes

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Hiking is better with friends on the Pond Loop Trail.
Dec 14, 2015 near Dishman, WA
Arrowroot is prolific in Dishman Hills in June/July!
Nov 10, 2015 near Dishman, WA
Early summer arrowroot proliferation can be found on the Pond Loop Trail.
Jan 12, 2016 near Dishman, WA
While the best views are atop Nimbus Knob and Eagle Peak in the Dishman Hills, there are beautiful views available from other spots on the trail as well.
Nov 10, 2015 near Dishman, WA
The East/West Pond area is primarily a "pond" during spring and early summer. It typically drys out in mid-late summer. Lots of aquatic wildlife make this a fun place for kids!
Nov 10, 2015 near Dishman, WA
Spring is wildflower season in the Dishman Hills! Grass widows are very common throughout the area.
Nov 10, 2015 near Dishman, WA

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May 20, 2019
Jennifer Wilkerson
Ken n me — 1h 55m
Jan 3, 2019
Carol Christensen
Tree down on the 8th Ave. Trail to the Pond Loop. 1.5mi
Mar 19, 2018
Kathy Janus
What a beautiful day. The trail is in good condition, just a little running water in some spots. The pond was lively with ducks and frogs! 1.8mi
Apr 10, 2017
Tyler Bewley
1.4mi
Jan 3, 2016
Carol Christensen
Lots of snow on this trail but it's packed so snowshoes aren't necessary. Traction devices a definite plus and watch for ice under the snow. — 0h 45m