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East Alternate

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1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 79' 24 m
Descent: -69' -21 m
High: 2,414' 736 m
Low: 2,350' 716 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Carol Christensen

While much of Slavin Ranch centers on the wetlands, this trail moves through forest and basalt.

Carol Christensen

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Description

From the parking area, this trail cuts to the southwest, while the Main Loop trail goes almost due west. There is no signage to delineate the trails in this area so keep half an eye on the map. Several drainage areas cross this trail too, so plan to wear waterproof shoes. The highlight of this route is the aspen meadows that you'll move through within the first mile of the trail.

After about half a mile, the trail intersects with Diamond Lane Connector where you can either link back up with the main loop and move back toward the water or you can continue on East Alternate for some "high" views of the area. While there is almost no elevation gain/loss in the entire area, this trail will give you the best approximation of a "bird's eye view" in this conservation area.

Once you've crossed the open meadow on the south side of Diamond Lane Connector, you'll move into a wooded area and up a hill to an open area with scrub brush and basalt rock features. The trail then moves gradually back down the hill and once more reconnects with the Main Loop.

This can either be done as an out-and-back or looped in with the Main Loop to maximize your mileage and views of the area.

Flora & Fauna

Buttercups, grass widows, bald eagles, geese, ducks, woodpeckers, etc.

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Mar 30, 2018
Kathy Janus
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Slavin Lake.
Mar 13, 2016 near Spokane, WA
Sagebrush.
Mar 13, 2016 near Spokane, WA
High point.
Mar 13, 2016 near Spokane, WA
Diamond Lane Connector.
Mar 13, 2016 near Spokane, WA
Basalt cliffs.
Mar 13, 2016 near Spokane, WA

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