Spokane River Centennial Trail

The Spokane Centennial Trail comprises 37 miles of natural beauty following the historic Spokane River from the Idaho state line to Nine Mile Falls, WA. The Trail has something for everyone. Walk or run, bike or in-line skate, or simply enjoy nature.

photo: Downtown area. Photo by Chris Guidotti. Type: Greenway, Nature Trail, Rail Trail, Urban Trail
Length: 37.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Skateboarding
Wildlife Observation
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: Through greater Spokane on both shores of river. west end at exit 229, east at Sontag Park trailhead.
States: Washington
Counties: Spokane
Latitude: 47.73222   Longitude: -117.51362

Along the Spokane River starting at Idaho State Line off I-90, exit 299. The Trail runs mostly by the river for 37 miles to Nine Mile Falls, WA. There are many trail access points and 14 trailheads.

Description

Designed for use by people of all ages and physical capabilities, the Trail is fully paved, so it is ADA accessible. It is used for commuting to both work and pleasure, and wildlife observation.



With its metropolitan center section in downtown Spokane, the Centennial Trail branches out to more rural west and east endpoints, reaching into Idaho, for a total of 61 miles. It mostly follows the contours of the Spokane River and joins up with Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, connecting along the way with the Liberty Lake Trail, Plantes Ferry Link Trail, and Cheney-Fish Lake Trail.



There are over 2 million uses per year on the Trail. It is not only a free resource for the community, but a destination location. The Trail provides a great venue for family events, youth involvement such as school planting projects and Boy Scouts helping with the annual Unveil the Trail clean up, and fundraising by nonprofit groups.



In 1979, Spokane County Parks proposed a bicycle/pedestrian pathway along the Spokane River. In 1984, the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce formed a Parks and Recreation Committee to explore this recreational possibility. In 1986, this group proposed a 10.5-mile recreational trail in the valley, naming it a Centennial Trail to coincide with Washington State's 100th birthday in 1989. In 1987, the internationally recognized architectural team, Jones & Jones, was selected to develop a master plan for the Centennial Trail.

Additional Details

Width: 127 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: %
Elevation Low Point: 1,864
Elevation High Point: 1,899
Year Designated: 2010

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Spokane River Trail web page and photos from American Trails

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Chris Guidotti
Manager of Riverside State Park
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
9711 W. Charles Road
Nine Mile Falls , WA 99026
(509) 465-5064
chris.guidotti@parks.wa.gov
http://www.riversidestatepark.org/

Trail Management:
Leroy Eadie
Spokane City Parks Director
Spokane City Parks
808 West Spokane Falls Blvd
Spokane , WA 99201
(509) 625-6200
Leadie@SpokaneCity.org
http://www.spokanecity.org/

Information Contact:
Loreen McFaul
Executive Director
Friends of the Centennial Trail
P.O. Box 351
Spokane , WA 99210
(509) 624-7188
friends@spokanecentennialtrail.org
http://www.spokanecentennialtrail.org/

 

Photos

Downtown area. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

Downtown area. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

 

Sandifur Memorial Bridge. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

Sandifur Memorial Bridge. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

Tails on the Trail. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

Tails on the Trail. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

 

View from military cemetery. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

View from military cemetery. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

Spokane Valley Area - Baker Road. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

Spokane Valley Area - Baker Road. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

 

Home Depot project on the trail. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

Home Depot project on the trail. Photo by Chris Guidotti.

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