Hello I am new to Spokane and the outdoor backpacking. I am looking to find some awesome places to hike and be able to view the wildlife with the fam bam. I’d like to start in the Colville National Forest. What are some of the experiences you have had? What animals? What trails? What other spots are awesome to see wildlife and have a great hike??? Let me know. Thank you in advance!!
I second the suggestion about the "100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest" book. Many great trails are close to Spokane or within an hour or so away. For slightly further destinations, Priest Lake in north Idaho offers many good hikes, as does the area around Sullivan Lake about 1 1/2 hours north of Spokane. Be sure to check out the Kettle Crest trails just past Colville and Kettle Falls. The Selkirk Crest in north Idaho is awesome too. Lots of wonderful lakes in the Selkirks.
For early season hikes (Mar-June) I recommend the eastern Washington "Desert Hikes" book. Lots of worthy hikes in the desert environs of Washington that book too. I am sure you can find both books at REI on Monroe Street. Hike on hiker!
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