It was acquired in three phases through the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program, with additional funding secured through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. The Antoine Peak Conservation Area, which overlooks Liberty Lake, the Spokane Valley, and north to Mount Spokane and the Selkirk Range, was acquired in three phases through the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program and additional funding secured through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. The trail system of old roadbeds on this 1,066-acre parcel totals more than nine miles in length and is made up of old roadbeds.
The Conservation Area is home to a diverse range of wildlife and plant species, demonstrating the Conservation Futures Program’s commitment to benefiting wildlife, conserving natural resources, and improving opportunities for passive recreation in Spokane County. The Conservation Area is a demonstration of the Conservation Futures Program’s commitment to benefiting wildlife, conserving natural resources, and improving opportunities for passive recreation in Spokane County.
Mountain bikers, hikers, snowshoers, birders, and mountain bikers all have the potential to see red-tailed hawks soaring overhead, pileated woodpeckers at work on nearby trees, and signs of the local white-tailed deer, moose, and elk populations, as well as locally rare trees such as the Pacific yew.
The west side access provides the most direct path to Antione Mountain’s top, as well as a “necklace” trail that runs around the base of the peak at a height of around 3000 feet and provides the most scenic views. The greatest views of the Spokane Valley may be found from this access point.
From the trailhead, it is a short ascent of less than a mile to an overlook on the west side of the mountain. To the southwest, the Royal Riblet’s Mansion, which is now the home of Arbor Crest Winery, can be seen perched on a cliff overlooking the Spokane River; to the northwest, Peone Prairie and its checkerboard of agricultural land can be seen.
Continue up the trail to the first crossing and take a right to join the necklace loop, which is just over five miles round-trip and offers views of the east Spokane Valley all the way to Liberty Lake, for a total distance of just over five miles round-trip.
During the early spring, the west side of the mountain is turned into a sea of gold, as arrowleaf balsamroot blankets the hillsides on this typically dry side of the mountain. Keep an eye out for rocky mountain junipers, which can be found among the larger Ponderosa pines and fir trees in the area adjacent to the trail.
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