Hike Begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21 –Rocks of Sharon/Big Rock -Dishman Hills Iller Creek Conversation Area Trailhead on Holman Rd
Hike description: Our next hike of the season is set for Saturday May 21 to the Rocks of Sharon/Big Rock, beginning at the Iller Creek Trailhead.
The hike to the Rocks of Sharon/Big Rock will be a loop of approximately 5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet. The hike is considered moderate due to the length and the elevation gain. The elevation high point is 3,500’.
This hike has scenic rock outcroppings and expansive views of Steptoe Butte and the Palouse countryside from the top. Bug repellant is advisable.
If you have the book – “Day Hiking Eastern Washington” by Rich Landers and Craig Romano - this is hike No. 71 in that book.
See link below for map of the area.
Meeting time: 8:45 a.m.
Directions to Falls Park:
If you wish to carpool meet at Falls Park in Post Falls. From I-90 at the Spokane street exit - #5, head south and take the first right (west) onto 4th Ave. Go a short distance to the parking lot for the park.
You may be able to park along the street before the park as well.
Distance from Falls Park to Iller Creek Trailhead is approximately 23 miles, 30 minutes.
Meeting at Trailhead:
Meeting time: 9:30 a.m.
Directions to Iller Creek trailhead for the Rocks of Sharon/Big Rock hike.
I-90 west toward Spokane (or east toward Idaho if you are coming from that direction) turn south at the Argonne RD exit, #287.
Travel south on Argonne Rd and cross Sprague Ave and Appleway. Argonne Rd becomes Dishman-Mica Rd just past Sprague. (Argonne is one-way going south, Mullan is one-way north)
From here travel south approximately 2.4 miles to the stoplight at Shafer Rd and turn right. Redeemer Lutheran Church will be on the right.
Go down Shafer .8 miles and turn right at 44th Ave. and drive .4 miles, then turn left onto Farr Rd and drive approximately .3 miles and turn right onto Holman Rd.
On Holman drive .8 miles to the cul-de-sac. The trailhead is approximately 5.8 miles south of the I-90 interchange.
Park in the cul-de-sac or along the road and do not block the gate. There are a few “no parking” signs in certain spots.
There is no dedicated parking lot at this trailhead, just a small turn out for cars and roadside parking.
There is an outhouse at the trailhead.
Although there is a webcam at this trailhead, it is advisable to leave nothing valuable in your vehicle.
Below is a link to the trailhead cameras in the area; scroll down for Iller Creek TH.
Though not required, please let us know if you will be attending. Mark will also be leading this hike with me.
Donna Jacobs Stambaugh