Painted Rocks - Knothead Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 874' 266 m
Descent: -922' -281 m
High: 2,449' 747 m
Low: 1,555' 474 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“This hike goes along the river, climbs up to a high viewpoint and dips down through a deep valley.”— Karen Jurasin
Family Friendly The trail along the marsh area on the Indian Painted Rocks portion of the trail is a fun trail for kids. Not much elevation but enough "wildness" for a kid's adventure.
Cross the paved road again and soon you'll come to 2 signs that say 'Leaving the Natural Area." This is the old route but it goes on private land so be sure to follow the new re-route. The wonderful re-route (take the trail to the right at this junction) sponsored by REI and built by volunteers with Washington Trails Association switchbacks up the hillside allowing some views of nearby mountains and the Spokane River in the distance.
There is a short spur trail to the right part way up that leads to some awesome viewpoints but adds a little over a mile to the total distance. It is an out and back trail at this point in time but in the future will be a secondary loop option.
Continuing to climb on an old road you'll soon come to a bench. To the left is a little trail to a viewpoint overlooking Lake Spokane in the distance. The loop then descends into a deep forested valley and then returns to the trailhead.
Note: If you are looking for a shorter options, the Indian Painted Rocks trail as an out and back is a perfect easy option for families.