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Antoine Peak Conservation Area

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
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Length

9.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 732 ft.
Highest Point: 3366 ft.

Rating

5.00 out of 5

 
WTA worked here: 2021
 
 
 

Acquired in three phases through Spokane County’s Conservation Futures Program, with additional funding secured through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office, the Antoine Peak Conservation Area offers fantastic views overlooking Liberty Lake, the Spokane Valley, and north to Mount Spokane and the Selkirk Range. The trail system of old roadbeds on this 1,066-acre parcel boasts over nine miles of total trail length.

Demonstrating the Conservation Futures Program’s commitment to benefiting wildlife, conserving natural resources, and improving opportunities for passive recreation in Spokane County, the Conservation Area is home to numerous wildlife and plant species. Hikers, snowshoers, birders and mountain bikers alike could potentially spot red-tail hawk soaring overhead, listen to pileated woodpeckers at work on surrounding trees, come across signs of the resident white-tailed deer, moose, and elk populations, or spot such locally rare trees as Pacific yew.

The west side access offers the most direct route to the summit of Antione Peak, and also boasts a “necklace” route that travels around the base of the peak at approximately the 3000-foot level. This access point offers the best views of the Spokane Valley. From the trailhead it climbs for just under a mile to an overlook to the west. Royal Riblet’s Mansion, home of Arbor Crest Winery, is visible on the cliff overlooking the Spokane River to the southwest; Peone Prairie and its checkerboard of agricultural land lies to the northwest.

Continue up trail to the first intersection and veer right for the necklace loop, for a total of just over five miles round-trip and views of the east Spokane Valley all the way to Liberty Lake. The west side of the mountain is transformed into a sea of gold in the early spring, when arrowleaf balsamroot cover the hillsides on this generally dry side of the mountain. Adjacent to the trail, watch for rocky mountain junipers popping up among the larger Ponderosa pines and fir trees.

For those who would prefer to summit rather than take the round-the-mountain route, veer left at the intersection and continue uphill just under half a mile.

At the second intersection, turn right and continue uphill for a half-mile to the summit; the left- hand trail is the return route for the necklace loop. This route is also frequently traveled by workers accessing the communication towers at the summit, so watch for vehicles along the way.

For those who access the property from the east, the route to the summit is currently steeper, although reroutes to the steepest sections are proposed for the summer of 2015. In the meantime, there are several options for ascending the flank of Antione Peak.

The trail that leads northwest from the parking area passes Leland Pond en route, offering the best chance for spotting a moose. The trails on this side of the peak follow the small streams that feed the pond, where hikers can view rare Pacific yew trees. Increased moisture on this side of the mountain yields increased diveristy in plant life. In the spring, watch for trillium and shooting stars along seasonal seeps, giving way to lupine blooms and Indian paintbrush later in the season.

 

Antoine Peak Conservation Area

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.7168, -117.1962 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

Spokane County Parks

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Guidebooks & Maps

USGS Greenacres Quadrangle

http://www.spokanecounty.org/data/parksnrecreation/conservationfuture/pdf/

Getting There

East trailhead: From I-90, take Barker exit 293. Drive north on Barker Road to Trent Avenue. Go east on Trent approximately 3.5 miles to Campbell Road, then drive north on Campbell 1.6 miles to Lincoln Road. Go west on Lincoln for approximately one mile; the conservation parking is located on the south side of the road.

West trailhead: From I-90, take Pines exit #289. Drive north on Pines to Trent Avenue. Go east on Trent approximately one mile to Evergreen Road; go north on Evergreen, which will turn into Forker Road, approximately 2.4 miles take a right onto Forker Rd.  Proceed a few hundred yards and turn right onto E. Brevier Road. Travel east on Brevier approximately one mile to the trailhead on the right. 

 

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