This section of Dishman Hills is a parcel that was owned by DNR and transferred to the Conservancy early in 2016. Several key improvements have been made in the intervening years, making Glenrose an excellent option when you want to feel like you're getting away from it all, but you actually need to stay quite close to home.
The first update visitors will notice is the new trailhead at the dead-end of Thierman Road. Opened in the fall of 2018, the paved parking lot also has a bathroom available. The area is wired for electricity, and planned updates for 2019 include a security light and real-time webcam to check conditions.
Volunteers with the Spokane Mountaineers have worked in conjunction with the Dishman Hills Conservancy and Spokane County Parks to implement a few minor trail realignments that make a big difference. The overall goal is to remove fall-line trail segments and improve drainage. The effect is less slipping on overly steep, icy, &/or muddy sections. Additional trail planning is scheduled to begin in 2019 as the Conservancy and Spokane County Parks works to connect Glenrose's trails to the newly acquired Flying L Ranch property, with its proposed Phillips Creek Trailhead coming to the Ponderosa neighborhood in the Spokane Valley.
Spokane County Parks has also installed new trail signage. It is still a good idea to print out the map from the Dishman Hills Conservancy website before a visit. The Cliffs section of the trail passes through private property on a trail easement, so it's important for visitors to stay on the trail. The Cliffs offers excellent views of the Spokane Valley, Mica Peak, and even north to Mount Spokane. This is also the turn-around point and the farthest extent of the Conservation Area.
Glenrose does not currently connect to the rest of the Dishman Hills trail system, so access is from the Glenrose area on the west side of the South Hill.