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Guess how many miles of trails below High Drive?

South Hill Bluff Trails map
South Hill Bluff Trails map

TRAILS -- When I biked and hiked the Spokane South Hill bluff trails one day with a GPS unit, I was a bit startled to see the final tally of more than 23 miles on the unit's odometer.

This trail system of old roads and routes hand-built by volunteers just over the hill and out of site of a city neighbornood is a treasure for hiker, bikers and nature lovers, as my Sunday outdoors story explains.

The story includes a contact for getting involved with stewardship of the trails and the bluff, from trail maintenance to weed control.

Any bluff trails users should consider joining the Doo-Crew, either by taking a day of the month to tend the doggy doo plastic bag stations -- or simply by picking up after your dog!

FYI, there were a few connector trails I did not log on the map above, either because I could not  map them without a lot of backtracking or because they are ill advised.

If you haven't been to the bluff for a walk or mountain bike ride, you own it to yourself to check out the map above and give the area a look -- perfect for after-work summer visits.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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