Mount Spokane State Park is a 13,919-acre camping park in the Selkirk Mountains. The view at the top of the 5,883-foot elevation includes surrounding states and Canada. The forested park features stands of old-growth timber and granite rock outcroppings. In winter, the park receives 300 inches of snow.Want to support Washington State Parks? Get involved by joining a friends' group. For more information, visit the Friends' Group web page.
Summer: 6:30 a.m. to dusk.
Winter: Campground closed Sept. 15 to July 1, depending on snow conditions. The day-use area is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (after cross-country ski trails are groomed). A Sno-Park permit is required from Nov. 1 through May 1. Parking in snowmobile lots or cross-country ski areas requires a groomed trail permit.
Night skiing is available on lighted alpine trails and unlighted cross-country trails. Call park for specific seasonal information.
Campground closes Sept. 15, reopening depends on snow conditions.
Check-in time, 2:30 p.m.
Check-out time, 1 p.m.
Quiet hours: 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Winter Schedule for all Washington State Parks
Don't move firewood: Please protect the Pacific Northwest from invasive species by obtaining or purchasing your firewood at or near your camping destination (within 50 miles). Firewood can carry insects and diseases that threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by buying and burning your firewood locally. For more information, visit online at www.dontmovefirewood.org or the Washington Invasive Species Council website.
The Discover Pass now can be used on either of two vehicles!Annual pass: $30
One-day pass: $10
(Transaction and dealer fees may apply)
A Discover Pass is required for motor-vehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Exemptions:
Your purchase of the Discover Pass supports recreation on state lands. However, the Discover Pass is not required if you are camping or renting overnight accommodations, for the duration of your stay at that state park. For additional exemptions and more information, please visit the Discover Pass website
The park has 8 standard campsites with water and a flush restroom. Maximum site length is 30 feet (may have limited availability). No ADA facilities. All campsites are first come, first serve.
The park provides a group camp that accommodates up to 60 people. A vault toilet is available. Fees vary with size of the group. Call the park for information at (509) 238-4258.
For a unique and memorable vacation, spend the night in the fire lookout that sits atop the rocky summit of Quartz Mountain in Mount Spokane State Park. Perched at an elevation of 5,129 feet, the lookout provides stunning views of the Spokane valley, the north Idaho panhandle and the Selkirk Mountains. In the summer, the landscape is wildflowers and huckleberries. The lookout is 14-by-14 feet in size. It is a wood-frame structure with wrap-around windows and deck and sleeps four comfortably. Visitors may take along their own food and a propane stove is available for cooking. There is no electricity in the lookout.For more information visit the cabins/yurts page
To make a reservation, visit online
or call (888) CAMPOUT or (888) 226-7688.
2013 camping fees:
Please note that the following general fee information is not customized for each individual park, so not all fees will apply to all parks (for example, primitive campsite and dump station fees listed apply only to parks that have primitive campsites and dump stations).
May 15 – Sept. 15 (peak season)
Primitive campsite and water trail camping: $12
Standard campsite: $23 non-premium site, $26 premium site
Partial-utility campsite*: $30 non-premium site, $35 premium site
Full-utility campsite*: $32 non-premium site, $37 premium site
*Please note: Camping fees during the 2013 peak season are $28 for partial-utility sites and $29 for full-utility sites at Beacon Rock, Lewis & Clark and Schafer state parks. These parks are first come, first served.
Jan. 1 – May 14 and Sept. 16 – Dec. 31 (off-peak season)
Primitive campsite and water trail camping: $12
Standard campsite: $22 for non-premium and premium sites
Partial-utility campsite: $28 for non-premium and premium sites
Full-utility campsite: $29 for non-premium and premium sites
2014 camping fees:
For specific campsite prices, please visit the camping reservation website.
|Primitive and water trail campsites||$12||$12||$12|
|Standard campsites||$20 to $31||$20 to $29||$17 to $25|
|Partial-utility campsites||$30 to $39||$27 to $38||$26 to $32|
|Full-utility campsites||$32 to $42||$29 to $40||$27 to $35|
Note: Peak, shoulder and winter season dates vary by park. See listing of seasons by park.
Maximum eight people per campsite.
Second vehicle: $10 per night is charged for a second vehicle unless it is towed by a recreational vehicle. Extra vehicles must be parked in designated campsite or extra vehicle parking spaces.
Dump stations (if available): Year-round dump station fees are $5 per use. If you are camping, this fee is included in your campsite fee.More about park hours
Check-in time is 2:30 p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park from April 1 through Sept. 30; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Located 25 miles northeast of Spokane, Wash. in Spokane County.
N. 26107 Mt. Spokane Park Dr.
Mead, WA 99021
Drive north on Hwy. 2 to Hwy. 206. Follow Hwy. 206 for 15 miles to park entrance.
Mount Spokane downloadable pdf map #1
Mount Spokane downloadable pdf map #2
List of all downloadable Washington State Park maps
On fine days, the summit of Mount Spokane offers spectacular views of Washington, Idaho and Montana. The park is rich in winter snow-sport opportunities.
The mountain has been called Mount Carlton and Mount Baldy. The road to the top was constructed by Francis H. Cook in 1912. The area was the first state park east of the Cascades, and the Civilian Conservation Corps accomplished the initial development. The mountain has been a popular ski area since 1950. The area has undergone destruction by fire and construction by development since then. The park, the city, the river and most everything else in the area derive its name from an Indian word which, most experts agree, means "sun."
There are currently no interpretive opportunities at this park.
|Available in the park ||Available in the area|
|• Camping||• Camping|
• Overnight Accommodations
Most services are available within 20 miles of the park. Snowmobile trails are groomed and open until 10 p.m., seven days a week.
|• 100 mi. Hiking Trails|
• 90 mi. Bike Trails
• 100 mi. Horse Trails
|• Bird Watching|
• Interpretive Activities
• Mountain Biking
• Wildlife Viewing
The park features 50 kilometers of Nordic ski trails through widely varying terrain for both classic and skate skiing when there is snow. The Nordic trails are professionally groomed 5 days a week (weather permitting). For a daily grooming report call (509) 238-4025.
The park has extensive ski areas and groomed trails for snowmobiling.
Alpine night-skiing is permissible on all trails, though the Nordic trails are unlit.
There are five chair lifts and a 2,000-foot skiing hill. Call the lodge at (509) 238-2220 for more information.
For a daily snow report call (509) 238-4025.
Groomed snowmobile trails are open until 10 p.m.
Free days at state parks
: Visit Washington state parks for free. The Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park on designated free days.
2014 State Parks free days:
Jan. 19 and 20 – In honor of Martin Luther King Day
March 19 – In honor of Washington State Parks' 101st birthday
April 19 – A spring Saturday free day
April 22 – Earth Day
May 11 – A spring Saturday free day
June 7 and 8 – In honor of National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing Weekend
June 14 – National Get Outdoors Day
Aug. 25 – In honor of National Park Service’s birthday
Sept. 27 –National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11 – Veteran's Day weekend
Please note: A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife during State Parks free days. For more information, please visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov
|Date/time||Event description||State Park|
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
|Snow Stomp!!!: There will be two events: First, Hill Stomp, the timed hill climb race. It wiill start at the snowmobile parking lot and go to the Vista hut. There will be prizes for the overall male and female. All who finish will get their long sleeve tec t-shirt at the top. Their t-shirt will say " I stomped the mountain". Second, the Recreational Stomp is family friendly snowshoe hike. We will have a loop course set up for all to enjoy and participants will get a tec t-shirt. We will have demo snow shoes from various vendors, but please reserve your snow shoes if you need some on your entry form. Also we wll provide bus transportation up the mountain. You must sign up in advance to get a spot on the bus. We will have two time slots to choose from. Only those who sign up will be guaranteed a seat. If you drive, please remember Snow- Park permits are required. We will be selling them on the mountain that day or at registration on Friday Evening Dec. 6th at Fitness Fanatics.
Register here: http://www.active.com/mead-wa/running/snow-stomp-2013
|Mount Spokane, snowmobile parking lot|
|First Day Hikes: Ring in 2013 by hiking at a Washington state park on New Year’s Day. Discover the natural beauty of Washington as part of a national effort to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun. Trail 130: moderate difficulty, no age limit, dogs allowed on leash, 2 - 4 miles round trip. Bring snowshoes and any gear for being in the snow for a half day, don't forget sunglasses. Each vehicle must have a Sno-Park Permit. First Day Hikes are presented in partnership with America’s State Parks. For more information about hikes across the country, visit www.americasstateparks.org.
||Mount Spokane, snowmobile parking lot|
|SNOW STOMP!!!: There will be two events: First, Hill Stomp, The timed hill climb race. It wiill start at the snowmobile parking lot and go to the Vista hut. . There will be prizes for the overall Male and Female. All who finish will get their long sleeve tec t-shirt at the top. Their t-shirt will say " I stomped the mountain". Second, the Recreational Stomp is family friendly snowshoe hike. We will have a loop course set up for all to enjoy and Participants will get a tec t-shirt. We will have Demo Snow shoes from various vendors, but please reserve your snow shoes if you need some on your entry form. Also we wll provide bus transportation up the mountain. You must sign up in advance to get a spot on the bus. We will have two time slots to choose from. Only those who sign up will be guaranteed a seat. If you drive, please remember Snow- Park permits are required. We will be selling them on the mountain that day or at registration on Friday Evening Dec. 6th at Fitness Fanatics.
Register here: http://www.active.com/mead-wa/running/snow-stomp-201
|9th Annual Women’s Souper Bowl Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski Sunday!; Come join us with your friends or on your own, meet other adventurous spirits, and spend the day playing in the snow, while supporting the Women’s and Children’s Free Restaurant.
Visit http://souperbowlspokane.org/ for mor information.
|36th Annual Langlauf: 10 K cross-country race, the race followes the traditional 10 K course around the Nordic Trails. Get there early and you can have the wax pros from Fitness Fanatics apply the wax of the day for free to your skis. More information on them can be obtained on the Nordic club website at www.spokanenordic.org. You will also find a link to the weather station on Quartz Peak.
Full list of events
at Washington State Parks
• Cross-country Skiing
Picnic and Day-use Facilities
The park has one kitchen shelter without electricity. Call the park office at (509) 238-4258 for reservations.
|Mammals||Birds||Fish & Sea Life|
• Deer or Elk
|• Crows or Ravens|
• Doves or Pigeons
|Physical Features|| ||Plant Life|| |
|Mount Spokane is the most southerly peak in the Selkirk Chain. The park has granite outcroppings.|| ||• Cedar|
• Douglas Fir
• Nobel Fir
• Ponderosa Pine
• Moss or Lichens
Park photo gallery