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Getting There: Help Spokane choose the path between Fish Lake and Centennial trails

Although the two trails are separated by a short distance as the magpie flies, they remain unconnected. Bridging the two together would effectively add a nearly 10-mile southward spur to the Centennial Trail, or allow those riding the Fish Lake Trail direct access to the 65-mile Centennial Trail between Nine Mile Falls and Coeur d’Alene.

Spokane police arrest man accused of setting fires along Fish Lake Trail

Spokane police arrested a 51-year-old man accused of setting fires on Sunday along the Fish Lake Trail in southwest Spokane. Firefighters were called to an area near 16th Avenue between the trail and U.S. Highway 195 about 3:30 p.m. Sunday after an off-duty police officer spotted the fires, Spokane police said in a news release.

Local trail groups unite

The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition has rounded up a dozen local leaders involved in trails-related efforts for the annual “state of the trails” presentations starting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mountain Gear Corporate Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. in Spokane Valley.  This is the place for trail users to learn where trail-related efforts are under way, and how they can get involved.

Fish Lake Trail mural vandalized

Less that two weeks after it was virtually completed, the colorful mural in the tunnel on the Fish Lake Rail Trail near Marshall has been ruined by vandalism. Eastern Washington University art students had worked for weeks to design and outline the farm-and-railroad-themed mural. Volunteers ranging from kids to retired helpers showed up on May 14-15 to add color to the outline. The original photos in this gallery were shot by Outdoors editor Rich Landers as a celebration of the volunteer effort to enhance a wildly popular paved railroad right of way that starts near Sunset Boulevard and Government Way and runs 7.4 miles to Scribner Road near Marshall. Instead, the photo series concludes with a grim glimpse of the senselessness good people must overcome. The vandalism apparently occurred around Friday night. Email tips that might lead to the perpetrator to the Fish Lake Trail friends group at

Trail’s a natural extension

The Spokane end of a long-envisioned trail to Fish Lake in southwest Spokane County has opened to riders and walkers, and is already being discovered even in the damp, cool days of November. “It’s fantastic,” said John Rowicki, of Spokane, after completing a round-trip bicycle ride on the newly paved path.

Paving nearly complete on Fish Lake Trail

Spokane is on the verge of having a spiffy, newly paved stretch of rail trail that eventually will run all the way to Cheney. Contractors this month are putting the finishing touches on 4.4 miles of the Fish Lake Trail. The route follows an abandoned railway starting from a main trailhead near the intersection of Government Way and Sunset Boulevard.

New trail segment OK’d

A bike and pedestrian trail almost two decades in the making will see significant progress thanks to federal stimulus money accepted Monday night by the Spokane City Council. The 10-mile Fish Lake Trail will connect Spokane with Fish Lake County Park and the Columbia Plateau Trail, which goes to Cheney and the Tri-Cities.

Trails get TLC from local helpers

Laurie Fleming was wearing her new personalized hard hat with pride last Saturday on the Iller Creek Trail. “This is what you get on your fifth work party,” she said, wielding a heavy tool with a pick and adz.

Fish Lake Trail work has deadline

Construction on a paved rail-trail bicycle route between Spokane and Cheney must begin by June under stipulations for recently appropriated federal stimulus funding. Plans for the second phase in developing the 10-mile Fish Lake Trail were ready to go when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money recently became available, Spokane officials say. The project fits government criteria for quickly producing jobs as well as providing for fuel-efficient travel and recreation.

Fish Lake Trail moves closer to completion

Completion of a missing link in the Inland Northwest's bike and pedestrian trail system took a jump forward last week when the Spokane City Council approved a major design contract for an 11-mile trail segment between Spokane and Fish Lake near Cheney. When completed in two to four years, the trail would allow users to connect between the Centennial Trail in Spokane and Kootenai counties and the Columbia Plateau Trail, which runs on former railroad right of way from Fish Lake to Tri-Cities.