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Knothead Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

5.0 mile 8.0 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 845' 257 m
Descent: -893' -272 m
High: 2,449' 747 m
Low: 1,565' 477 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Trail shared by Karen Jurasin

A trail along Little Spokane River up to viewpoints above and back through a forested valley.

Karen Jurasin

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Runner Notes

Some dirt road and some singletrack.

Description

You can start this trail from either from Highway 291 near the Little Spokane River bridge or from Painted Rocks. A Discover Pass is required. Enjoy the river valley scenery along the river section, run to viewpoints over the Little Spokane River, and then get ready for more uphill to a view toward Lake Spokane.

The trail goes through a forested valley on the north side. The Indian Painted Rocks parking area features some petroglyphs. The trail here is mostly level and close enough to the river for views of river turtles, bald eagles, wild turkeys and maybe a moose.

The Knothead Trail is a mix of an old road and singletrack trail and involves a steady climb and descent when running in either direction. Deer are often spotted, and there are good views along the way. There is an optional spur trail out to a viewpoint over the Little Spokane River Valley.

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The highest viewpoint is a great place for a lunch stop.
Nov 16, 2015 near Fairwood, WA
Volunteers working on the tread for the new section of trail in 2014.
Nov 16, 2015 near Fairwood, WA
Absolutely love the way the WTA volunteers created stairs with some pretty neat rocks!
Nov 16, 2015 near Fairwood, WA
There were 3 deer on the trail back - not minding us a bit.
Nov 16, 2015 near Fairwood, WA
The switchbacks make it easier to ascend this steep hillside.
Nov 16, 2015 near Fairwood, WA
We used to continue on this old road but this goes on to private property so a trail was built to bypass the road and go toward the river.  When you see these signs look for a trail to the right. It is not signed and if you are not looking for the turn you might miss it.
Nov 16, 2015 near Fairwood, WA

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