The Clark family ends many of their days with a hike through the lush forest and craggy hills west of Mica Peak. They were surprised earlier this year to arrive at their hiking spot and find a gravel parking lot, wide enough for horse trailers as well as SUVs hauling outdoor enthusiasts. “We just walked up and said, ‘Oh my gosh,’ ” said Lori Clark, surrounded by her sons McCade, Sean and Brendan, and the family’s two dogs, Cassie and Gunner. The parking lot is the first step Spokane County park planners took to revitalize more than 900 acres of former logging land southwest of Liberty Lake. Earlier this month, the county accepted $48,000 in state grant money to develop a trail system that could accommodate hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The Mica Peak area is one of more than 30 properties the county has acquired since 1994 as part of a property tax-supported program to preserve natural areas for wildlife and recreation. The Conservation Futures program levies a 6.25-cent tax on every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value/Kip Hill, Outdoors. More here.
Question: Do you regularly use public trails in the area?