Friday, June 24, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 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.
Trail head at N. Mill Rd and N. Fairwood Drive (not Lane), Spokane. The trail head is a few hundred yards north east of the Bozarth Mansion on N. Fairwood Drive.
If you like the Little Spokane River, you may want to go on the Indian Painted Rock hike or the Kayak/Canoe trip on the Little Spokane River.
Using the 95 page Little Spokane River Journal booklet by Jan Reynolds, you'll venture out on a journey exploring the sciences of the Little Spokane River. On this hike, you'll learn about the geology, people, edible plants, and ecology of the river area. 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 Little Spokane River 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. Additionally, we'll discover the aquifer in action and find out where our trail will take us to find a hidden beauty (a waterfall and small creek!) We'll see evidence of the historical Waikiki dairy ranch (now Bozarth Mansion). Our hike begins with a half mile gradual descent down to the river. Of course that means that the hike ends with a half mile gradual up hill walk back to your car. We will cross a few little streams by walking on fallen branches and 2x4 boards so your shoes may get slightly wet.
Parking: Park on N. Fairwood Drive and walk northeast to the adjacent small gravel parking lot. Be on the lookout for the "No Parking" signs on North Fairwood Drive. The signs are scattered (randomly?) on the street so be sure to park properly. (If you have purchased a WA State Discovery Parking Pass, you can park in the small gravel parking lot at the trailhead if you display your pass on your vehicle.)
Note: There are no restroom facilities at this location. The closest restrooms are in the retail stores/strip mall at Hastings Rd and Mill Rd.
What to bring/wear suggestions:
- Sturdy walking shoes are best. Your shoes may get a slightly wet as we cross little streams.
- The creek water is about 50 degrees. If your kids want to splash about, wear clothes and shoes that can get wet and a towel.
- Drinks, snacks
- Sunscreen, insect repellent
- A pencil to write in your Little Spokane River Journal (optional)
- $3 per family for the guided hike. There is a $10 fee per family to register. $7 will be refunded after the trip as long as you show up.
- $8 for the Little Spokane River Journal (optional). Author Jan Reynolds wrote the Journal in 1982 as a textbook/workbook for a 3 day class she taught to kids in the summers through various schools and to homeschoolers. Jan gave Kelly Clark of Exploring Families a copy of her Little Spokane River Journal. Jan granted permission to Kelly to reprint as many as she needed but Kelly could only sell them at cost, not for profit. At the hike you can purchase a reprinted 95 page Journal for $8. We are not accepting payment in advance for the Journals. Please pay for the Journals at the event. Cash and exact change are appreciated.
Ages: All who can walk up and down a half mile ascent/descent, recommended for ages 4 and older. These trails are not designed for strollers or wheelchairs.