“This loop provides pleasant views of Spokane, a nice wooded area and the chance to see trains!”
— Carol Christensen
Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Some sections of this trail are rocky with exposed roots. The downhill portion has a fair bit of gravel. During the summer, when the grass is tall, it's difficult to see where your feet are so use caution.
From the main parking area, go south across Greenwood Road. The beginning of the trail is difficult to see, but is right next to the road and drops down the steep bank. To begin with, the trail is narrow, rocky and steep but it quickly levels out. When you get to the first trail intersection, turn left (east). For several hundred yards, this trail runs with Trail 102. You'll also parallel Greenwood for a while, until you come to a gate. At the gate, Trail 102 - South Trail Green Loop
cuts south again and Trail 101
crosses Greenwood again and goes north.
You'll move through a wooded area and then parallel the railroad tracks. After heading down a hill, you'll find yourself at Trail 12
and some lovely graffiti. At this point, the trail turns west and begins to climb back to the top of the bluff. There is a great view of the rock wall built by the CCC along this section. At the top of the bluff, you'll cross Rimrock Drive
. If you're short on time, you can head (roughly) south on Rimrock Drive
and return to the parking area. To continue on Trail 101
, cross over Rimrock and continue west.
Moose are fond of this area so be on the lookout, particularly during the fall rutting season. As the trail begins to angle back to the south, you can connect with Trail 122 Connector
for a longer loop, or keep going south to reconnect with the parking lot. This area gets boggy in the spring so take bug spray. The last section of trail is very narrow singletrack and will come out at the parking area.
Flora & Fauna
Hawks, eagles, moose, cougars.