Spokane is a terrific place to be for outdoor recreation; particularly after the long winter months of inactivity. Opportunities abound along the trails and on the water for fun and adventure. Hiking is one of the great things to do this time of year, particularly in the lower elevations where the trails are no longer snowy or muddy. Make sure you’re equipped with the appropriate clothing and footwear – and don’t forget those 10 Essentials in your rucksack! See The Day Hiker’s Ten Essentials — The MountaineersOther good items to have along are insect repellant, a whistle, toilet paper, binoculars or monocular, and a walking stick or trekking poles.

For tips on the correct gear and places to go, here is a list of resources from Spokane Public Library to get you started and answer any questions. Many of the trails in the local guides, particularly south of town, are quite level and very low impact. So – see you on the trail! And to paraphrase Henry David Thoreau – “You shall see many wild and noble sights before night, such as they who sit in parlors never dream of.”   


Library Book List and Resources  

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Day hiking Eastern Washington: Kettles-Selkirks, Columbia Plateau, Blue Mountains by Rich Landers


Urban trails : Spokane and Coeur d’Alene: Spokane County, Kootenai County, Centennial Trail by Rich Landers


Five-star trails, Spokane: 30 spectacular hikes in the inland Northwest by Seth Marlin


Best hikes Spokane: the greatest views, lakes, and rivers by Fred Barstad


Day hike!: Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, and Sandpoint by Seabury Blair


Best easy day hikes: Spokane/Coeur d’Alene by Fred Barstad


Mount Spokane State Park: a user’s guide by Cris M. Currie


The ultimate hiker’s gear guide: tools & techniques to hit the trail by Andrew Skurka


How to hike the Pacific Crest Trail [videorecording (DVD)] 

Magazine Resources  

Explore our selection of eMagazines and articles about outdoor recreation!  


Stream videos on Kanopy  

Stream films from our subscription to Kanopy and watch the series Outdoor Fundamentals: Everything You Need to Know to Stay Safe. 24 insightful videos will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods. Topics such as canoeing and kayaking skills, backpacking, navigation, and first aid are covered.  


Other Resources 

Spokane Parks & Recreation: Parks & Recreation – City of Spokane, Washington

Washington Trails Association: Washington Trails Association 

Bureau of Land Management: Oregon-Washington | Bureau of Land Management 

Washington State Department of Natural resources: WA – DNR