Gonzaga Outdoors

Iller Creek Hike

Driving Distance: 21 min (10.9 mi )

Distance

Trail Distance: 5 mi

Elevation Gain: 1200ft

Difficulty (1-5): 1

Permit(s) Required: None

Description:  Iller Creek boasts a wonderful five mile loop consisting of lush shaded forest, climbing to a ridge with outstanding views of the Washington Palouse to the South and the Selkirks to the North and East. In the middle of the hike one reaches the Big Rocks (Rocks of Sharon), one of the best rock climbing destinations in the area. The best way to do this hike is counterclockwise. Starting at the Holman Road trail, head stay right following the west side of Iller Creek. The creek bed is mostly dry by late summer. You immediately enter a cool shaded forest and climb very gradually. At one mile there is a fork. Stay right and start climbing more steeply. You’ll encounter another fork at approximately two miles. Again stay right. Unfortunately, signage is currently lacking.  A gradual switchbacking trail built by the WTA takes you back to your car.

Guide Review: Katherine C

Gear List:

  • Waterbottle
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Rain Jacket (October-May)
  • Camera

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