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Main Loop

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.9 mile 4.6 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 55' 17 m
Descent: -80' -24 m
High: 2,357' 718 m
Low: 2,329' 710 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)

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Trail shared by Carol Christensen

This trail traverses a diverse wetland with a huge variety of water birds.

Carol Christensen

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

Muddy in the spring, so muddy that you may want to run on other trails until later on in the summer months.

Description

The Slavin Ranch is an area dedicated to the preservation of wetland and water bird habitat. The Main Loop is almost completely flat, with only a few mild inclines and declines. It stays near the water's edge, allowing maximum visibility of the bird life on the water. During the spring, the area is full of ponds and marshes, but many of these dry up and give way to tall grasses later in the season.

Several bald eagles call this area home. Due to several social trails and animal tracks throughout the area, it's important to check in with the map regularly, but due to the area's small size, flat terrain, and easily identifiable human landmarks, it would be hard to get lost in the area.

This trail is popular with horseback riders so watch for road apples.

As tempting as it seems, don't try to connect the far end of the trail to the parking area by cutting cross country. You'll be in for a rough haul, and an arduous tromp over delicate aquatic life. Just take this as an out and back and have fun!

Flora & Fauna

Bald eagles, geese, ducks, and red-winged blackbirds are just a few examples of the birds that you'll see here.

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Photos

Spring sky.
Feb 25, 2016 near Spokane, WA
A bluebird day makes for a gorgeous journey around the Main Trail at James T. Slavin Conservation Area.
Jan 18, 2017 near Spokane, WA
Slavin Ranch wetlands.
Feb 25, 2016 near Cheney, WA
The Main Loop travels between the frozen bogs.
Jan 18, 2017 near Cheney, WA
Slavin trees.
Feb 25, 2016 near Spokane, WA
Slavin Lake.
Mar 13, 2016 near Spokane, WA

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