The Mount Spokane Loop’s name correctly signals you are in for a tough ride on this trail. The trail features a beautiful forest with attractive trees, but climbing through the hemlocks toward the top of Mt. Spokane is not for the faint-hearted. Therefore, prepare your mind for a difficult yet enjoyable ride up and down Mt. Spokane.
The Mount Spokane Loop trail starts from the park’s parking lot, which is about a quarter mile into the park. Follow Trail 110 to ride through a rollercoaster of doable and very difficult climbs. As you do the difficult climb towards Mt. Spokane, watch out for other trail users, such as descending bikers. The last thing you want is to be caught unaware.
Before you reach the one-mile mark, you will get to the bottom of a wide-open section that becomes more level as you go higher. This section is known as the “Super Highway.” It goes up until it gets to the Kit Carson Loop Road as the trail above turns to a tight singletrack that climbs gradually through a beautiful forest.
The last part of this route goes through a close brush on a narrow track that culminates into an intersection with a pit toilet. Take the right turn on the Kit Carson Loop Road for three-quarter miles until you get to the CCC Cabin.
Trail 130, a pretty traverse that goes from grassy slopes to tall trees, is just south of the cabin. Get on Trail 130 as it takes you east, where you will face some punchy climbs and dips that will test how much you can maintain your momentum.
Continue on Trail 130 as it takes you across the road and moves to the left of a pavilion in the Bald Knob Picnic (water and restrooms are seasonally available here). The singletrack returns into the forest, encountering a short, loose descent before it connects with Trail 131.
Continue your descent on a fast and fun blaze that takes you past some buildings above the road. Then, cross the paved road and ride into the Lower Selkirk Lot. The parking lot’s bottom right corner is where Trail 120 begins, and Trail 290 (The Goods) turns to the right after roughly 50 yards.
The trail descends sharply via a series of rocks, switchbacks, and jumps. It gets narrower and tougher, exposing you to some challenging roots that you should navigate with caution.
As you head back to the trailhead, there is always a raucous descent and a few sections of pedaling. The trail gets you back to the parking lot, where the strenuous ride began.
The Mount Spokane Loop trail can be used at any time of the year. However, our team of experts recommends visiting between March and October to avoid the wet conditions that affect traction.