Hike to Quartz Mountain Lookout

Mead, Washington

5.0/5
based on 1 reviews

Details

Distance

5 miles

Elevation Gain

1000 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Rose Freeman

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.

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Features

Photography
Snowshoeing
Hiking
Forest
Scenic

Reviews

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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