Mount Spokane State Park

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Mount Spokane State Park
Civilian Conservation Corps cabin, Mount Spokane State Park 20130527.jpg
Caretaker's cabin designed by
E.O. Fieldstad and built by Elmer Highberg
Map showing the location of Mount Spokane State Park
Map showing the location of Mount Spokane State Park
Location in the state of Washington
Location Spokane, Washington, United States
Coordinates 47°55′31″N 117°06′59″W / 47.92528°N 117.11639°W / 47.92528; -117.11639Coordinates: 47°55′31″N 117°06′59″W / 47.92528°N 117.11639°W / 47.92528; -117.11639[1]
Area 12,293 acres (49.75 km2)
Elevation 5,548 ft (1,691 m)[1]
Established 1927
Operator Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Website Mount Spokane State Park

Mount Spokane State Park is a public recreation area located in the Selkirk Mountains, 23 miles (37 km) northeast of the city of Spokane, Washington. The state park surrounds 5,883-foot (1,793 m) Mount Spokane and other peaks including Mount Kit Carson,[2] Beauty Mountain,[3] and Quartz Mountain.[4] The park receives 300 inches (7.6 m) of snow annually and is home to Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park as well as an extensive system of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. As of 2018, Washington State Parks reported its acreage as 12,293 acres (4,975 ha),[5] making it Washington's largest state park, slightly ahead of Riverside State Park (11,162 acres (4,517 ha)) which lies 23 miles to the southwest.

History

The park was dedicated with 1500 acres in 1927.[6] During the 1930s, workers with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) planted grass, constructed picnicking and parking areas, constructed trails and shelters, and improved roads.[7]

Vista House

Vista House was designed by architect, H. C. Bertelsen, as was the caretaker's cabin, although an earlier design for Vista House had been prepared by state park architect Charles Saunders. The caretaker's cabin was built by Elmer Highberg.[8] Some sources state that Vista House was built by the CCC.[7][9][10] However, according to the State of Washington's Cultural Resources Management Plan (2009), a local contractor, E.O. Fieldstad, won the contract with a "low bid of $4,693," and built Vista House. The publication states: "Its existence near the site of the Mount Spokane CCC camp may have contributed to the present impression held by many that the Vista House was constructed by the CCC."[8]

Activities and amenities

The park has 100 miles (160 km) of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Trails range from easy (the 3-mile (4.8 km) Burping Brook Loop) to difficult (the 13-mile (21 km) ‘Round the Mountain Trail).[11] Winter activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. Camping and picnicking are also available.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b "Mount Spokane State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "Mount Kit Carson". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Beauty Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  4. ^ "Quartz Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  5. ^ a b "Mount Spokane State Park". Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Brief History of Mt. Spokane State Park". Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Arksey, Laura (August 2, 2006). "Mount Spokane State Park". The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History. HistoryLink. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  8. ^ a b McMurry, Alex; Luttrell, Charles (July 2009). "Cultural Resources Management Plan: Mount Spokane State Park" (PDF). Washington State Parks Historic Preservation Program. pp. 11, 52.
  9. ^ Dorpat, Paul; Sherrard, Jean (2007). Washington Then & Now. Westcliffe Publishers. p. 127. ISBN 978-1-56579-547-1.
  10. ^ Becker, Duane (2012). Mount Spokane. Images of America. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-7385-9543-6.
  11. ^ "Mt. Spokane State Park Trail Guide" (PDF). Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park. April 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2015.

External links

  • Mount Spokane State Park Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Mount Spokane State Park Map Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park
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