Monday, June 20, 2016, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
This hike is about 2 hours long but since its out and back you can make it as long or as short as you want it to be. This hike's turn around point is a creek and waterfall so you can stay and play as long as you want.
Park your car and meet at the intersection of W Hartson Ave and South H Street in Spokane. Whittier Park is very near this intersection and it has a bathroom. The park is just North of Sunset Blvd and West of Government Way. Map
We'll begin with a "Scat & Snacks" animal signs activity. In a zoo, there are signs that tell you what animal to look for, such as “Moose.” But in their natural habitat, animals don't stand next to a sign that labels them. However they do leave us clues as to who was there, in the form of scat. Come learn to identify some Indian Canyon inhabitants by their scat. Just like a naturalist, look for real scat and tracks on our hike. We will give each scientist-in-training marshmallows, jelly beans and other foods, which have the same size and shape as some animal scat.
The hike goes through the woods and around the Indian Canyon Golf Course, crosses a road and goes into Indian Canyon Conservation Futures property. Along the way we'll stop briefly to play a game called Hug-A-Tree. There is a waterfall and creek on Indian Canyon Creek with a bit of a cave next to it. The trail down to the bottom of the waterfall is a bit rugged. It is a 3 mile trail with some ups and downs (the kind you can often get kids to run up and down for fun).
What to wear/bring: If you want to bring a picnic lunch before the hike, there are picnic tables near the playground. Dress for the weather and terrain. Bring hiking snacks and water for yourself but not the wildlife. Wear insect repellent.
Cost: $3 per family. There is a $10 fee per family to register. $7 will be refunded after the trip as long as you show up.