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Wed., Oct. 12, 2011, 1:40 a.m.

Last chance to drive to summit of Mount Spokane

The view looking east is stunning from the top of Mount Spokane at the Vista House. Below, is Spirit Lake and beyond that is Lake Pend Oreille at Farragut State Park. (Mike Prager)
The view looking east is stunning from the top of Mount Spokane at the Vista House. Below, is Spirit Lake and beyond that is Lake Pend Oreille at Farragut State Park. (Mike Prager)

STATE PARKS -- The gate for the summit road to the top of Mount Spokane will be locked Sunday evening, marking the end of the state park's summer season. 

That makes this weekend the last opportunity to drive to the top of the mountain until next June.

Hikers and bikers will still be allowed to use muscle power to the mountain's 5883-foot summit. And motor vehicles can still drive to several trailheads, the alpin ski area and the nordic ski trails.

Snow usually covers the top of the mountain by late November.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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