Outdoors

TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

South Hill bluff trails access to be closed

TRAILS – An access to South Hill bluff trails at 57th Avenue and Hatch Road is set to be closed this week. The area is large enough for a dozen vehicles and is popular with hikers and bikers as well as people looking for unobscured...

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

Catching some air off the South Hill bluff

FLYING -- My bicycle commute up the South Hill and along High Drive is never dull. The bluff trails invite all sorts of people and recreation, such as hikers, dog walkers, mountain bikers, runners, families, people on the verge of making families.... Last night I...


South Hill Bluff trails cleanup nets tons of trash

PUBLIC LANDS -- While volunteers are signing up for major efforts to spiff up trails during the upcoming national trails week, groups already have been sprucing up the South Hill slopes and trails below High Drive. John Schram of the Friends of the Bluff sums...

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014

Neighbors plan South Hill Bluff cleanup Saturday

TRAILS -- The Friends of the Bluff are coordinating a trash cleanup day along the popular South Hill Bluff trails below High Drive on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m.-noon. Groups will stage at the dirt parking area at 57th and Hatch. Gloves, water, wheel...

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

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FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013

Balsamroot starting to bloom on South Hill Bluff

NATURE -- Reader Jim Kershner emailed a photo snapped Thursday of arrowleaf balsamroots blooming in brilliant yellow on the South Hill bluff trails -- a bit earlier than usual, but, hey, we should have expected this given the smiles on golfers' faces all through March....

SATURDAY, OCT. 13, 2012

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TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

Guided walks highlight South Hill bluff features

View Larger Map TRAILS -- Author Jack Nisbet and forester Guy Gifford will be leading walks on Spokane’s South Hill bluff trails this month to explain the value of volunteer efforts and a $50,000 grant to improve the health and fire resistance of the forest...

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

Helpers needed to decommission South Hill Bluff trail

TRAILS -- The hiking-biking-running trails blow High Drive on the South Hill Bluff are a wonder of volunteer enterprise, but somebody's going too far. A steep, unsustainable trail apparently built for a downhill mountain biking course, is eroding at the bottom of the bluff toward...

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2012

Dogs not welcome near South Hill bluff coyote den

WILDLIFE -- Coyotes defending a den of pups are not tolerating dogs coming through their territory between High Drive and Hangman Creek. After my story about a Thursday attack on a dog was published today, The Spokesman-Review has learned of at least three coyote attacks...

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

Coyotes attack dogs on South Hill bluff trails

HIKING -- A trio of aggressive coyotes took on two Labrador retrievers running loose with their owner on the South Hill bluff trails Thursday, sending one dog to the vet for a chest full of stitches. Arch Harrison said one of the two dogs he...

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012

South Hill Bluff trail maintenance dates set

TRAILS -- Last Saturday a hard-working group of 20 turned out to work on Bluff trails. The many, many more people who use the trails owe them a tip of the hat. They did trail maintenance and prepared to re-align a trail that is steep...

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012

South Hill Bluffs look spiffier tonight, thanks to volunteers

TRAILS -- In the photo above, volunteers pose with the metal-recyclable garbage they picked up today from the South Hill Bluff below High Drive. Bravo, and a special tip of the hat to the teenagers. If this looks like a crew you'd like to join...

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

South Hill Bluffs to get TLC Saturday

TRAILS -- Join the fun as the 'Friends of the Bluff' are having a trash cleanup day Saturday (March 24), 9am - Noon. Meet at the main trail head just south of the Bernard and High intersection. Be prepared for the weather and to hike...

FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

Studs required for city hiking

TRAILS -- South Hill trailmaster Jim Kershner said he didn't see anyone while hiking the South Hill Bluff trails this morning. His photo explains why. He managed to get home without any broken bones. Anyone for luge?

MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2011

South Hill bluff forest thinning started; comments requested

CITY TRAILS -- While most people were relaxing or playing on Sunday, two dozen volunteers thinned ponderosa pine trees and trimmed branches on the South Hill bluff in a demonstration project for reducing fire risk. “The idea is to manage the forest so a fire...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

Rich Landers

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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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