Mount Spokane - Twin Lakes trail
This is how the lake looks from the top, twenty miles away.
Here we approach the lake.
| What: More pictures along the way Mountain Biking. Bicycling this is
ecstasy. This is fun easy riding with great views from time to time. It is much easier to
do than the Spirit Lake run. Anyone could do this as long as you take it easy and go
slow. The reason is that there is a very good fire road all the way. It still is
challenging because unless you brake strongly you will be going very fast. I found it fun
to spend my time half going fast to see how I could handle the surface terrain of the
road, and then go slow to look around and enjoy the view. I've not gotten tired of this
trip even though I ride it over and over. 3 hours approximately with a distance of 20
miles depending where you have your pickup car waiting.
We ride this at least once
each year now and I highly recommend it because it is so much fun for being
downhill so you can concentrate on the scenery and fresh air. It is a well
maintained road now very wide and white clay at the top, so you won't go wrong
if you don't take any of the narrow dark soil routes that lead to other lakes or
| Where: This is fairly straight forward, ie. very hard
to get lost on. First get past Kirk Lodge and the Ranger station until you
come to the main intersection where a left turn takes you to Mount
Spokane's top, straight ahead takes you to the skiiing area and a right
turn takes you to the big parking lot. Turn right to the parking lot and
continue to the first Y and then take a right again. Now you should be at
the Selkirk Lodge for cross country skiers. By the big keosk or billboard
of signs begins a trail system used by bikes in spring/summer/fall. It has
5 sections separated by intersections of all the trails. Pick any trail
you want to get to intersection#2, then take any trail to junction#3, then
be sure to take the trail named "Shady Way" which goes over to
Shadow mountain. By this time you have traveled up and down hills for
about 2 miles. Go approximately another 1/2 mile to the 4th junction and
take a trail to the right called Twin Lakes trail. At this point the
trails have decided that you have climbed enough and allow you to glide
about 15 miles downhill on high quality roads of Quartz sand and gravel
with beautiful sights all along the way. Go about a mile on this sight
filled trail looking down for the far off Twin lakes below. The trail Ys
off right before hitting the road that takes you all the way down, but
either branch leads to the same place. You will see a gate across the
trail, but go round that. The road has no major turn offs to confuse you.
Just stay on the main trail and enjoy the ride.
| Cautions: You will need a shuttle on this one
unless you want to climb 20 miles back up. Because of downhill speed, your bike will take
a lot of vibration. Be ready for any jeeps coming uphill fast. There are friendly cows on
the road in places. Try not to scare the cows which would make them run. Go slow with them
until they can find a trail that they can walk off into. Try to talk calm to them so as to
get through them and not run them. Be clear with your ride as to where to be picked up as
Silvery Sands Beach Resort listed on our map didn't exist upon arriving there. (See WHERE
for details) Many of these trails are steep and/or rocky so I would not bring young
unexperienced children along.
| List: Since it would be very difficult to ride
uphill the way you came, have a ride waiting for you at the intersection of Twin Lakes
Road and Highway 41 which is where the trail comes out. There is no obvious resort here
where you can buy drinks, so you will still be relying on your water till the ride comes.
There is a public boat ramp near the meeting point of the two lakes so you could swim and
have your ride come here for pickup. There is only one road here so don't worry about
getting lost. Bring a water filter if possible since you follow a great stream all the way
to the lake. Take tubes, tools. Definitely first aid kit since this is fairly