Volunteer hike docent, Rick Hosmer, will lead a hike at Antoine Peak on Saturday, December 16th starting at 11am. Rick has been hiking and enjoying the outdoors since his childhood exploring the central Cascade Range with his dad and grandfather. Backpacking trips on his path to becoming an Eagle Scout, led to an interest in mountaineering and rock climbing. He has ascended most of the Cascade volcanoes and scrambled to the tops of many peaks throughout the Pacific Northwest.
We’ll be hiking the ‘“Summit Trail” to the top of the peak (3,374′), so there is 775 feet of elevation gain in a couple of miles. We’ll take it easy, with breaks when needed, but if you’re typically pooped after a couple of laps around a local park, this hike might be more than you want to take on.
There are lots of views from the trail and at the top of the peak. After this hike, whenever you drive through the Spokane Valley you’ll look to the north and think “I’ve been up there!”
Dress for the weather, with appropriate footware (trail shoes, hiking boots, or waterproof boots, depending on snow conditions and temperatures). Wear layers, a hat, and gloves/mittens, and bring a backpack to carry things in as you shed layers while hiking. Microspikes and trekking or ski poles are helpful if the trail is icy/snowy, or if you like additional stability.
Bring water, or a Thermos of something hot to drink, along with snacks, as we’ll be hiking during lunchtime. Binoculars, a camera, and a map and compass (not required) are fun to have along to identify what you can view from the top. This is great hike to view wildlife and learn about our unique Spokane-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer and the path of the Ice Age Floods.
When: Saturday, December 16th starting at 11am
Where: Antoine Peak
15501 E Beviwer Road
Spokane, WA 99212