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Mt. Spokane snowmobiling mileage questioned

STATE PARKS — Today’s story about Inland Empire Paper Co. closing its lands to snowmobiling said that leaves 40 miles of groomed trails available to snowmobilers at Mount Spokane.  The mileage figure came from Spokane County Parks, which manages the grooming.
However, Cris Currie of Friends of Mount Spokane State Park said the figure was off by more than a mile.
“The actual mileage remaining for snowmobiling in Mt. Spokane State Park is about 18.5 miles, not 40,” he said. ” And that’s if they groom the Day Road, which they have not done before.  They might also be able to do a few miles on the Blanchard Creek Road, but that hasn’t been done before either.  There will still be one loop, but it involves low elevation at Bear Creek Lodge.  All other trails will be out and back.”
 
No response yet from Spokane County Parks regarding the discrepency.
Meantime you can view Mount Spokane trail maps at www.mountspokane.org 



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