Glenrose Cliff Trail

Glenrose Cliff is a new addition to the Dishman Hills area in Spokane, situated in between the Dishman Hills and Iller Creek conservation areas. The trail reaches a highpoint early on, then crosses an open ridge and drops lower and curls around the mountain to end near granite rock formations with commanding views of the Spokane valley.

Location Selkirk Mountains
Rating 2.0 out of 5
Difficulty Moderate (some uphill hiking)
Distance 6.6 miles
Duration 2:32 hours moving time (snowshoeing)
Elevation Gain 1,090 feet
High Point 2,929 feet (first knoll)
Low Point 2,326 feet
Trail Type Out-and-back
Trailbed Packed dirt, decommissioned fire roads
Water None
Status County Park
Administration Dishman Hills Conservancy
Permits None required
Conditions Excellent
Camping Not permitted
Maps USGS Spokane SE
Trailhead From I-90 take exit 283 and head south on Thor to 29th (it will turn into Ray Street). Turn left on 29th Street, then turn right onto S Glenrose Road after 1.4 miles. After another .6 miles turn left onto 37th, which will turn into Eastern Road and then into 44th Road. After a bit over a mile take a left onto Thierman Road and follow it to the gate.

Google Directions (47.620523, -117.314831)

Season Year-around
Squirrel Density They were asleep
Features Meadow
Distance From
  • Coeur d’Alene 33.7 miles
  • Lewiston 105.0 miles
  • Sandpoint 72.3 miles
  • Seattle 286.6 miles
  • Spokane 8.7 miles
Resources
Nearby Hikes
Date December 21, 2016

The high point offers views of Spokane,…Past the gates, the trailhead is on the right, leading upwards through light forest to an unmarked intersection. To the north (left) a trail moves out onto an open grassy ridge that leads/ends nowhere in particular. Instead, take a right and follow the dual-track uphill to the first and highest knoll along this trail. It presents grand views of urban sprawl and in the distance the Selkirk Mountains to the north.

Probably Tower MountainThe trail crosses the knoll and immediately drops off steeply in a series of switchbacks, enters dense forest and hugs the side of the mountain for some time. There are two gullies in this section, where the path drops sharply and then climbs up steeply. Ultimately the trail regains the ridge, where the forest is replaced with a broad meadow and views of Tower Mountain.

Not much of a view from the second knollThe trail continues along this ridge toward a second knoll. That knoll looks promising, but views were somewhat disappointing and disgraced by a pile of junk cars. That may be the reason that the trail actually bypasses that knoll and drops steadily, following an old fire road downhill for a bout a mile.

Rock formations at trails endThen it veers off to the left, past a few rock formations, curls around the mountain, crosses the remnants of the 2008 Valley Fire, and reaches the end point at a large rock outcropping with views to the east. This section was fairly noisy, as the traffic noise from the Dishman-Mica Road below carries up aplenty. The end of the trail was somewhat uneventful and disappointing–we didn’t even find the end of the trail, just assumed that the rock formations were the terminus. Then it’s back along the same route, for a total of about 6 miles.

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From the trailhead, the path leads upwards in a lightly forested area
From the trailhead, the path leads upwards in a lightly forested area
Snowcover was light
Snowcover was light
An open ridgetop leads off to the north but ends nowhere particular
An open ridgetop leads off to the north but ends nowhere particular
Take the dual-track uphill to the high point
Take the dual-track uphill to the high point
The high point offers views of Spokane,…
The high point offers views of Spokane,…
…Spokane Valley and the Selkirk mountains
…Spokane Valley and the Selkirk mountains
Probably Tower Mountain
Probably Tower Mountain
The trail immediately drops off the knoll
The trail immediately drops off the knoll
For some time, the trail hugs the north side of the hill
For some time, the trail hugs the north side of the hill
Up on the ridge the trail emerges onto a broad meadow
Up on the ridge the trail emerges onto a broad meadow
The trail follows the ridge to a second knoll
The trail follows the ridge to a second knoll
Not much of a view from the second knoll
Not much of a view from the second knoll
The local junkyard on the second knoll
The local junkyard on the second knoll
Tower Mountain
Tower Mountain
Just before the second knoll the trail drops to the right and follows an old logging road downhill
Just before the second knoll the trail drops to the right and follows an old logging road downhill
The downhill section continues for about a mile, then a single-track veers off to the left
The downhill section continues for about a mile, then a single-track veers off to the left
The first of a number of rock formations comes into view
The first of a number of rock formations comes into view
The trail curls around the mountain and opens up views east towards Mica Peak
The trail curls around the mountain and opens up views east towards Mica Peak
This hillside burned in 2008 and is covered with snags
This hillside burned in 2008 and is covered with snags
Rock formations at trails end
Rock formations at trail’s end
Views of civilization are plentiful on this trail
Views of civilization are plentiful on this trail
Selkirk Mountains
Selkirk Mountains
The "cliffs"
The “cliffs”
Naughty couldnt find any squirrels…
Naughty couldn’t find any squirrels…
Trailmap

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