Carlson Road Loop
ElevationAscent: 671' 205 m
Descent: -680' -207 m
High: 2,196' 669 m
Low: 1,627' 496 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“A loop journey with great viewpoints, both high on the bluff and low at the river.”— Michele Firm
Family Friendly The beginning and end of the loop are shallow grades. The kids will also enjoy the sections near the river.
Follow the meandering trail through the open forest, eventually discovering a series of overlooks. There are a few benches to rest and enjoy the view. To the northeast, you can see the rolling hillsides, and southeast, the tiny skyscrapers of downtown Spokane. Shortly after the viewpoints, the trail winds its way back down the hillside, passing several scree fields and one monolithic geologic formation.
Rejoin Trail 25 for a short bit (you'll see the mile markers), before turning right onto Trail 400 and joining the Centennial Trail. (You can also continue straight on Trail 25 to close the loop early and head back to the trailhead the way you initially came.) Enjoy the bench just across the trail for a beautiful snack spot near the river. Follow the Centennial Trail north for a short jaunt back to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: WSP - Riverside State Park