Hike to Quartz Mountain Lookout

Mt. Spokane Trail, Mead, Washington, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1000 Feet

Forest
Scenic

Hike on a snowy trail to Quartz Mountain Lookout before the ski slopes open with views of Spokane, the Selkirk Mountains, and the valley below!Highest point: 5,300 feet

Drive to Mt. Spokane State Park and park at Selkirk Lodge. This hike can only be accessed before the ski area opens because the trail up to the lookout is along part of the cross country ski area.

You may not need snowshoes for this hike depending on how much snow is on the ground. With more snow, I would obviously recommend snowshoes! Follow the wide cross country ski trails and signs for "lookout". After 1.5 miles, take the narrow trail to the left marked with a green ribbon. This trail leads up to the lookout as well as the wide trail, but the narrow one is more fun in the snow!

At the top, enjoy coffee at the picnic table and climb up the tower to see unique views of Mount Spokane to the north. See if you can find the Vista House at the summit of Mt. Spokane!

For more details on the lookout, click here.

Pack List

  • Osprey Mira 26 Hydration Pack
  • Lowa boots
  • Trekking poles
  • Extra clothing layers (waterproof shell, fleece)
  • Backpacking stove & fuel
  • Coffee & percolator & mugs!
  • Map
  • Headlamp
  • First aid
  • Waterproof matches
  • Extra food
  • Camera!
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From the trail head stay along trail 220 and you should have no problem finding this lookout. About five miles round trip. It's the perfect day hike!

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