Mount Spokane State Park
You could hike for days and not see the same view twice at Mount Spokane State Park.
One of Washington's largest state parks, Mount Spokane has 100 miles of trails in the richly forested Selkirk Mountains. The summits of Kit Carson, Day Mountain and Mount Spokane are waiting to be conquered. The charming, historic Vista House atop Mount Spokane and the Quartz Mountain fire lookout provide stunning views of the Spokane Valley, the north Idaho panhandle and Canada. In early summer, hikers stroll among bear grass, lupine and other wildflowers, through Ponderosa pine and subalpine meadows. By late summer, the meadow grasses turn amber, huckleberries ripen and the fireweed is blooming.
More than 79 miles of trail also are open to mountain bikers and equestrians, so feel free to take a good long ride. Just watch out for giant moose known to amble across the trail or road.
Winter is the sparkly season at Mount Spokane State Park. Ice-encrusted trees stand out against crisp blue skies, while bundled skiers and snowshoers glide across blankets of white. Feeling the need for speed? Don your warm, windproof gear, and gas up your snowmobile; Mount Spokane has enough snow for both human-powered and motorized winter fun.
When you tire of energy bars, electrolytes and other hiking food, you can get a good meal in the bustling hub of Spokane. Mount Spokane has eight first-come-first-served campsites and the Quartz Mountain fire lookout, but more camping is available at Riverside State Park only 35 miles away.
Mount Spokane State Park is a 12,293-acre camping park in the Selkirk Mountains with 100 miles of trails and panoramic views from the summit of 5,883-foot Mount Spokane. In winter, the park receives 300 inches of snow.
Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Automated pay station: This park is equipped with an automated pay station for visitors to purchase a one-day or annual Discover Pass and Sno-Park permit (November 1-April 1).
Use our interactive ADA recreation map to search for other state parks with ADA amenities and facilities.
Picnic & day-use facilities
The Vista House can hold up to 50 people and is available from July 1 to Sept. 15. Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
- 90 miles of bike trails
- 100 miles of hiking trails
- 100 miles of horse trails
Winter activities & features
- Cross-country skiing
- The park features 50 kilometers of Nordic ski trails through widely varying terrain for both classic and skate skiing when there is snow. The Nordic trails are professionally groomed five days a week (weather permitting). For a daily grooming report call (509) 238-4025.
- The park has extensive ski areas and groomed trails for snowmobiling.
- Alpine night-skiing is permissible on all trails, though the Nordic trails are unlit.
- There are six chair lifts and a 2,000-foot skiing hill. For winter events and more information, visit online or call 509) 238-2220.
- For a daily snow report call (509) 238-4025.
- Groomed snowmobile trails are open until 10 p.m.
- Bird watching
- Mountain biking
- Wildlife viewing
The park has eight standard campsites with water and a flush restroom. Maximum site length is 30 feet (limited availability). ADA facilities are not available. All campsites are first come, first serve.
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time is 1 p.m.
For a unique and memorable vacation, spend the night in the fire lookout that sits atop the rocky summit of Quartz Mountain in Mount Spokane State Park. Perched at an elevation of 5,129 feet, the lookout provides stunning views of the Spokane valley, the north Idaho panhandle and the Selkirk Mountains. In the summer, the landscape is wildflowers and huckleberries. The lookout is 14-by-14-feet in size. It is a wood-frame structure with wrap-around windows, a deck and sleeps four comfortably. Visitors may take along their own food and a propane stove is available for cooking. There is no electricity in the lookout. For more information, visit our cabins and yurts page.
For fee information, check out our camping rates page.
Historical information Mount Spokane is a park that has a long history with Native American, as well as European American peoples in the Spokane area. The park's development was first pursued privately, then by county and state park departments in succession.
Much of the initial development was sponsored by Francis H. Cook, a wealthy local newspaper man and real estate developer. Cook acquired property throughout the present-day state park, including the summit, and in 1909 he began construction of a road to a site on the mountain he called Paradise Camp. When it was completed, Cook allowed locals to use the road to access the mountain for a small entrance fee. In 1912, Cook gave the mountain, which had been known as Mount Carleton and locally as Old Baldy, its current name of Mount Spokane.
In 1933, the iconic Vista House at the mountain's summit was constructed by private contractors. A Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp was established in the park in June, 1934. The camp, known as Camp Francis Cook, was located on Beauty Mountain and housed 200 young CCC enrollees at a time. Due to harsh winter conditions, the camp was only operated six months of the year. CCC enrollees built roads, trails and picnic areas throughout the park that continue to be used today. The camp was disbanded in 1940.
By the 1930s, skiing had emerged as a popular sport at the park. Cabins, rope tows and jumps were built by local clubs on the west and south sides of the mountain. Local ski groups including the Spokane Ski Club and the Selkirk Ski Club advocated for the construction of infrastructure and facilities including a grand lodge that was completed in 1940. The lodge was short-lived as an electrical fire caused it to burn to the ground in 1952. In 1946, Mount Spokane was home to the world's first double chair life. Constructed by the Riblet Tramway Company of Spokane, the lift was actually a converted ore bucket mining tram. It was only in service for three seasons and was eventually replaced by the current Chair #1 in 1956. At the time, Chair #1 had the longest vertical rise of any lift in the northwest. Skiing continues to be one of the most popular recreational activities in the park.