Best of the Dishman Hills Natural Area
ElevationAscent: 674' 205 m
Descent: -674' -205 m
High: 2,398' 731 m
Low: 2,009' 612 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)
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“This loop takes visitors through all the landmarks of the Dishman Hills Natural Area.”— Carol Christensen
Family Friendly Older children would be able to manage this trail and it has great views and points of interest to keep them engaged. It also works well for kids in carriers.
The next trail intersection will take visitors briefly on the Pinecliff Loop before sending them slightly east and south onto the Eagle Peak Loop. At the southern-most point of this loop, there is an unsigned intersection, that cuts northwest, up a hill, that will take visitors to the top of Eagle Peak, the best view in the DH with 360 degrees, to Mt. Spokane, Mica Peak, downtown and Tower Mountain. The final spur is a little rocky and technical but the views are 100% worth it!
Returning to the main loop, visitors will travel northwest to the next intersection, a cut-off to Lost Pond on the Nimbus Knob loop. Lost pond actually sits on both sides of the trail and is a great place for wildlife viewing at dawn and dusk. In the spring, the frogs are prolific! As the trail loops north again, it will climb gradually to the top of Nimbus Knob, also a beautiful view of primarily north and west Spokane.
At the Nimbus Knob/ Pond Loop intersection, head west, following the main trail (there are some social trails that cut off from the sanctioned trail but it's pretty clear which trail hikers should be on). This will loop back north with a few small viewpoints and a wide, easy trail. At the cut-off to the 8th Avenue trailhead, stay on the main trail heading north. It will soon cut east again and go up a hill to the East/West Pond area. This is also a "spur" that cuts off to the right/south and ends at a viewing platform over East Pond. Again, this area is prime for frog songs in the spring!
Back on the main trail, visitors will travel north again, down some aged and sketchy railroad tie steps back to Camp Caro.
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