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tunnelman3
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PostThu Oct 17, 2019 3:54 pm 
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Hello all! I'll be in Spokane Oct 25th and heading west. I've been looking at river trails as they seem to be a safe bet to beat snow/cold. Focusing now on Teanaway River, but if anyone had other picks I'm open for suggestions. Thank you
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PostThu Oct 17, 2019 8:00 pm 
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West fork of the Teanaway could be nice, but you have to cross the river multiple times, which might be problematic with all the rain/snow in the forecast.

The Waptus river trail is nice and long with no river fording required.  Looks like it will be below the snow line this week.
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PostFri Oct 18, 2019 3:31 am 
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The Suiattle, North Fork Sauk and Elwha are a few with trails. All are on the west side of the state though.
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PostFri Oct 18, 2019 4:50 am 
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The Cooper river trail between Salmon La Sac and Cooper Lake has beautiful waterfalls.  Trailheads at either end.  Should be below the snowline.
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PostFri Oct 18, 2019 7:34 am 
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If you're looking for a true E WA desert experience (vs. east side of the Cascades), I'd recommend Palouse Falls / Palouse River.  Lots of good on / off trail exploration in and around that area.  It's a bit off the direct "west from Spokane" route, but it's a worthy detour.
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PostFri Oct 18, 2019 8:17 am 
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This is a nice Little Spokane local loop https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/little-spokane-river-natural-area-knothead-loop

Ancient Lakes has some good loops too https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/ancient-lakes

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PostFri Oct 18, 2019 9:06 am 
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Umtatum Creek is nice-ish, though  I'm not sure if there's hunting going on there  now... Have heard it can be busy with them in season

The Gingko Petrified Forest "backcountry"  hike is a nice  leg stretcher while driving east - not too far from the highway, nice views over the Columbia, potential for seeing Bighorn Sheep (we saw a bunch last time we were there): hike description from wta
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PostFri Oct 18, 2019 10:13 am 
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You can have a suburban hike and walk the paved trail along both sides of the Columbia in Wenatchee.

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PostFri Oct 18, 2019 11:10 am 
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Tieton River Trail

various trip reports posted here and at WTA.

should be fabulous right now with the leaves turning.

long ways from Spokane, though.

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PostThu Oct 24, 2019 5:38 am 
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Thanks everyone! Very helpful. Basically have time for 2 hikes over the weekend so will research these and head out Saturday morning for who knows where!
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PostFri Oct 25, 2019 6:24 am 
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Thank you Randy! I'm considering either Copper River and Wamptus. If you had to pick one?
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