Antoine Peak Loop

Named after French-Canadian voyageur and ferry operator Antoine Plante, the Antoine Peak Conservation Area was established in 2007 and covers more than 1,000 acres. The loop trail ascends the almost 3,400-foot peak, offering sweeping views across the Spokane valley, Liberty Lake, and the distant Selkirk and Coeur d’Alene Mountains.
  • Selkirk Mountains
2.5 out of 5
Moderate (some uphill hiking)
9.3 miles
3:17 hours moving time (Snowshoeing)
Elevation Gain
1,318 feet
High Point
3,391 feet (Antoine Peak)
Low Point
2,233 feet (Trailhead)
  • Mountain
  • Lake
  • Outing Type
  • Daytrip
  • Trail Type
  • Loop
  • Trailbed
    Fire roads
  • A few brooks, but likely seasonal, and Leland Pond.
  • Camping
    • Not allowed
    • Excellent
  • Spokane County
  • Status
  • Conservation Area
  • Maps
  • Greenacres
  • Fees & Permits
  • None required
  • (None required)
    Open To
  • Hikers
  • Dogs
  • Horses
  • Mountain Bikers
  • (dogs must be leashed)
  • Take I-90 exit #296 and head north on Harvard Road for 2.5 miles. Take a left (west) on Trent. After a mile turn right onto Campbell Road. After 1.6 miles turn left onto Lincoln Road (this intersection is at the point Campbell turns into a gravel road). Follow Lincoln for .5 miles. The parking lot will be on your left, just past Mitchell Road.
  • Season
    March 11, 2017

    Antoine Peak is covered with a web of old logging or fire roads, and the hiking trail system on the mountain largely takes advantage of that. This guide follows the trails in a counterclockwise fashion, then loops around and contours along the southern flank for a figure-eight-style loop.

    To start, follow the old logging road going north, paralleling Lincoln Road for a while, then veering away and shifting northwest, then westwards, to reach Leland Pond after roughly a mile. Leaving the pond behind, the trail moves sharply northwards, climbs steadily and leads to an intersection. You could go either way, the left branch is the shorter, and the right leads almost to the edge of the conservation area, then turns in a giant switchback (nice views at this point towards the east) that turns straight south and rejoins the first branch just before the 3-mile mark.

    The logging road steadily climbs as it ascends the ridge, which is reached at the 3-mile mark. This spot indulges with the first views to the south, including Liberty Lake. The trail then follows the ridge to an unnamed knoll and traverses the saddle to the base of Antoine Peak.

    A single track departs from the logging road and ascends the peak in a set of switchbacks, then climbs more or less in a straight line. About halfway to the peak, the trail spills onto another old logging road, which it follows northwards at a very manageable incline, only to depart once again and climbing the remainder to the peak in a straight line.

    The views from the antenna-studded top are sweeping. To the east you can see well into Idaho, to the south you have Mica Peak, Liberty Lake, Tower Mountain and the Spokane industrial park. To the north is the Selkirk crest.

    The trail leads across the top, among antenna masts, and heads down the far side. While snowshoes were necessary on the way up the eastern side, they became less and less required on the western side. The trail continues along the ridge, steadily losing altitude, and at the 5-mile mark intersects with another logging road that skirts the southern side of Antoine Peak.

    This road was almost entirely snow free. It more or less contours along the mountain, at first declining, then rising again (once you reach the power lines; make sure to stay to the north of the power lines). After 2 miles the trail rejoins the original path at the base of Antoine Peak.

    Retrace your steps along the inbound trail, across the saddle and down the ridge to the point where you’d originally reached the ridge. Instead of turning left, go straight and downhill along the ridge. At some point the trail will u-turn, moving westwards a bit along a logging road, then drop off to the right in form of a single track. The single track leads lower while once again curling around the mountain in a southerly direction, then hits upon another old logging road going northeast, which brings you back to the parking lot.

    Alternate Routes

    • An alternate access point is to the west on Robbins Road (limited parking)
    • Refer to the trailmap for additional trails and/or shortcuts

    Things to Consider

      Not so great

        Naughty racing
        Leland Pond
        Still enough snow to wear snowshoes
        Conservation area boundary
        View towards Idaho
        The area is lightly forested
        View south
        Approaching the peak
        Several antennas “grace” the top of Antoine Peak
        View north
        Liberty Lake
        Spokane river and industrial area
        Turning point: far western point
        Rock formations
        Some didn’t make it out alive, and Naughty had nothing to do with it…
        Bear left (uphill) and stay north of the power lines
        Trail leading back to junction
        The last bit of trail is a single-track

        One Comment

        1. julianne0919 says:

          Awesome! Just drove past here today.

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