Slack Canyon Road Southwest, Palisades, WA, USA
May 16, 2021, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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We will car camp Saturday night at the Douglas Creek trailhead on Slack Canyon Road, about 3 hours west of Spokane. Sunday, we hit the trail at 7 AM. This hike begins along an old railroad bed that cuts through Douglas Canyon. The creek is one of a few within the region that flows year round, and it supports a variety of flora and fauna. We will be required to ford Douglas Creek several times, so come prepared with water shoes or sandals. Once we reach the mouth of Duffy Creek, we will leave the trail and head up the Duffy Canyon. There will be some bushwhacking in the beginning, then sidehill hiking up canyon using deer and cattle trails. Be aware that we will hike along some steep and narrow ledges higher up in the canyon. This hike is not recommended for those with a fear of heights. We will continue the loop through rolling upland prairie, where there should be a good wildflower display. If we’re feeling strong, we have the option to summit Moses Stool, the easternmost summit of Badger Mountain which offers amazing views in all directions. We will return to the Douglas Creek trail by descending a steep and rocky ridge that takes us to the bottom of the canyon. Round trip distance will be between 10 and 12 miles with 2400’ to 3300’ elevation gain. This hike should be considered strenuous and is best suited for physically fit individuals who are comfortable with off trail hiking. Contact Tyler Nyman (509-270-8236) for more information. Please note: the Spokane Mountaineers are following current COVID 19 guidelines. At the time of posting, the plan will be to drive separate vehicles and practice social distancing during the hike. The group size will be limited to 5 participants plus the activity leader. These parameters are subject to change in the future.