Posts tagged: Rocks of Sharon
COUNTY PARKS — The long-awaited trailhead parking area on the south side of the Big Rock-Rocks of Sharon area in Spokane Valley will be open to public access Friday at 3 p.m., said Paul Knowles, Spokane County Parks planner.
Heavy equipment is still working at the site accessible from the Palouse Highway near the end of Stevens Creek Road. County Parks will be hydro-seeding, putting up signs and doing other touch-up worth at the parking area through fall, Knowles said.
The Big Rock area, adjacent to the Iller Creek Conservation Area, is prized by rock climbers and hikers. It's been secured by the county through a series of deals and purchases with help from the Dishman Hills Conservancy.
The new parking area is designed to handle school buses. It will accommodate about 30 passenger vehicles if parked in an organized fashion.
Notable restrictions include:
See a map of hiking trails accessible from Stevens Creek or from the north side Holman Road access to Iller Creek.
TRAILS – Recent wet weather has delayed construction of a parking area to the Big Rock Conservation Area off Stevens Creek Road.
Spokane County Parks and Recreation Paul Knowles said the ground is so soggy, work probably won’t start until around July 2.
Visitors planning to hike into the Big Rock-Rocks of Sharon area near Tower Mountain are advised to use the Iller Creek Conservation Area trailhead.
CONSERVATION — Thousands of people have enjoyed the Dishman Hills Natural Area and other conservation lands in this Spokane Valley paradise, but the association that's worked to protect and preserve the area has only about 200 members.
Sounds like area residents are letting others do the heavy lifting.
With the Dream Trail Project, mapped above, and the need to build a parking area for public access to the more recent Rocks of Sharon acquisition, this is a good time to show your support.
Join the Dishman Hills Natural Area Association. And then consider an extra donation.
Questions: Contact DHNAA president Michael Hamilton (509) 747-8147.
CONSERVATION – Developing a parking area for the south-side access to the Big Rock conservation area near Tower Mountain is a top 2011 priority for The Dishman Hills Natural Area Association, which recently filled all 14 slots on its board.
After three years of negotiations, the non-profit group acquired the 80-acre parcel in Spokane Valley in 2009.
Since 1994, the association has acquired about 500 acres in the Tower Mountain- Big Rock area, said Michael Hamilton, association president.
The Big Rock-Rocks of Sharon area adjoins Spokane County’s 875-acre Iller Creek Conservation Futures Area, which extends uphill from the Ponderosa neighborhood west of Dishman-Mica Road.
The 2009 deal created about 1,300 acres of Dishman Hills association and county land dedicated to natural-area protection and public, nonmotorized recreation, Hamilton said.
To continue these endeavors, the group needs to continue to cultivate new supporters and donors.
For information on membership and tax-deductible donations, contact Michael Hamilton, 747-8147.
The DHNA’s current slate of trustees includes David Cole, Paul Flanary, Karen Jurasin, Chris Kopczynski, Beatrice Lackaff, David Lill, Bob Ordner, Mary Weathers, Peter Wolbach, Andrew Ashmore, Michael Hamilton, Jeff Lambert, Kris Wolbach and Suzy Dix..
Dishman Hills activities
The group’s traditional Buttercup Hike through the Dishman Hills is set for April 2 followed by the second annual REI-sponsored service day for the natural area on April 9.