Spokane is so lucky to have this park at its doorstep. We enjoyed the dramatic basalt formations rising from the Spokane River, the deep scent of pine forest and the gentle sounds of whitewater. In May, when the balsamroot is in bloom, this place would be spectacular.
The Bowl & Pitcher area is probably the most popular attraction in Riverside State Park, but even on this summer Sunday there was plenty of room for all hikers. We were, however, one of the only groups wearing masks, which we pulled up every time we encountered another party.
We walked across the suspension bridge and headed downriver until we reached the Devil's Toenail. I wish we would have had time to explore more of the vast network of trails in this state park. Next time!