Gonzaga Outdoors

Liberty Lake Hike

Driving Distance:  32 min (20.3 mi)

Directions

Trail Distance:  8.9 mi

Elevation Gain: 1250 ft

Difficulty (1-5): 2

Permit(s) Required: None

Description:  This hike is best completed in a clockwise direction.  Views are infrequent, but shade is plentiful. High points include one of the last stands of old growth cedar in Spokane County and a year round waterfall which is very impressive during spring run off. Follow the valley floor for two miles and cross Liberty Creek twice on foot bridges before reaching the cedar grove. It is always cool and damp here. This then begins a serious switchbacking climb to the one major viewpoint of Liberty Lake and Mount Spokane to the north. This is a great place to stop, have a snack and enjoy the picturesque cascading water. The descent is on an old road, gradual at first, and then quite steep at the end. The trail then levels out in the valley floor and makes a sharp turn to the right. Cross Liberty Creek on a log bridge to rejoin the valley trail about 0.5 miles from the trailhead.

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Gear List:

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

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