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Distance: 8 miles
Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Skiing time: 1-3 hours
Season: Mid-Nov. through mid-April
Maps: Mount Spokane Ski Trails, available at Selkirk Lodge
Info: Mount Spokane State Park, 456-4169.
SKI TOURING TRIP NOTES
Access: Approach Mount Spokane State Park on Day-Mount Spokane Road. Enter park just past Kirk’s Lodge and drive about three miles. As road bears left and downhill toward the alpine ski area, turn right into the Sno-Park area. Continue through the first Sno-Park lot to the second large lot. The trail system begins at Selkirk Lodge.
Attractions: This route combines the Mount Spokane nordic ski trail system’s best scenery and most challenging trails into one grand tour. Best views are on Shadow Mountain and the top of Eagle Crest and the open slope at the base of Brian’s Hill. Most challenging hills are on Wild Moose and Eagle Crest, plus a hairpin curve that’s worth a whoop heading into Larch.
Comments: Even though grooming usually is excellent on these trails, in icy conditions, this tour could be a bit on the hairy side for novice skiers. The route begins on the Blue Grass trail, then connects to Blue Jay, Hemlock, Raven’s Glide, Shadow Mountain, Wild Moose, Eagle Crest, Larch and Brian’s Hill trails. With few exceptions, it’s a who’s who of the system’s most difficult hills. But it’s worth the effort. Before heading up Eagle Crest, consider a rest and water break at the Nova Hut. Trails have been designed by volunteers of the Inland Empire Nordic Club. Washington State Sno-Park permit required for parking. Permits can be purchased at Kirk’s Lodge, ski shops or the state park office. For updates on trail conditions, call 238-4025.
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