TRAIL: Antoine Peak
DISTANCE: 5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 1000 feet
My history with Antoine Peak is one of sheer frustration.
1st attempt: Got lost.
2nd attempt: Got lost again.
3rd attempt: Got lost in a blizzard. NEVER AGAIN.
Well, with the recent buzz about the re-vamped trail and shiny new trail markers I decided to give it a go once again. And I am so glad I did.
Antoine Peak's conservation area covers 1,076 acres in the Spokane Valley. It's summit offers 360-degree views of the region - Liberty Lake sparkles to the south with Mount Spokane and the Selkirks towering to the north. There is no shortage of breathtaking sights on this beautiful hike.
Early summer brings an abundance of wildflowers and candy-coated skies at sunset unparallel to other times of the year.
The new and improved trail system offers great signage meaning getting lost should be difficult to do. It also means you can determine how far you want your hike to take you as all markers give distance and direction. My pup and I did the loop from the Brevier Road trailhead. It leads you up to the summit and down around the Emerald Necklace loop along the base of the mountain back to where you started. The sounds of nature were absolutely spectacular...until they stopped altogether and I couldn't help but remember stories of cougar sightings on the hillside.
Don't let that stop you from visiting this beautiful trail right in our backyard though. Just be aware of your surroundings.