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Level: Intermediate
Length: 25 mi (40.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +214/259 ft
Total: 95 riders
 

Mountain Biking Beacon Hill

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#5 of 1,206 mountain bike trails in Washington
#312 in the world

A plethora of trails and routes covering this small mountain sitting on the eastern edge of the city of Spokane. There are a few jeep trails mainly along the power line route headed to the NE, but mainly just a lot of singletrack. No real signage although some of the locals have attempted to color-code some routes with ribbon, paint, etc. Some technical routes and some long, fast runs through the forest.

First added by AK_Dan on May 10, 2020. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
From I 90 take the Hamilton exit North to East Mission ave, turn right and then take a left on Upriver Dr. Follow this to a right on East Frederick ave, .25 mi on the left is Sheilds Park. This puts you on the SE side of the Hill, go around the climbing rocks, pick a trail and head up towards the summit. Option #2 – From Upriver dr turn left on Freya st and head north to the Esmerelda Golf Course and park in their parking lot. This puts you on the West side of the Hill, pick a trail or the access rd and head up, you will see plenty of trail options on the way up.
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Q: Is there anywhere to camp nearby?
A: I am trying to figure out the same thing. Sounds like the Washington State Parks are the only option for legitimate camping. Bowl and Pitcher looks nice but is very popular. Mt Spokane doesn't seem to have any pay or dispersed site camping. Forest service land is far from the area, might be better off going north to the Sandpoint area. I just came up on hipcamp.com and found a spot on the Palouse for pretty cheap, about 30 mins from downtown Spokane. Good luck!

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  • 240665
    *****

    It is a great all around mountain bike park i highly recomend goning there if you are ever in spocane it has ok tech and reallly good slopstyle courses.

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  • Josh L
    *****

    Amazing trail Network with routes for all ability Levels. the climbs were not too tough and the variety to downhill trails were great. There's definitley something here for everyone.

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  • gregval
    *****

    Wow, great trail. You can choose what level you want. The green trails are really green; not too steep, smooth, flowy. Blue have a bit more up/down, more swoopy. Enough mileage here. No big climbs.
    If you want to up your game, go for the black trails, with big drops, ramps,etc.
    Highly recommended

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  • marcusr35
    *****

    This trail system has been what has helped me develop my admittedly noob mtb skills. There are some quite easy trails with no jumps/obstacles but there are definitely opportunities to push ones self far past what I will ever do. There are 6 ft drops and a fair amount of dh trails. Every time I've ridden the trails are well maintained and very clean. A great park to learn and have a lot of fun!

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  • David Pjesky
    ***

    Very fun, nice easy access to some progressive features. Hike up is a workout too!

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  • dispatcher
    *****

    On Upriver drive there is a disc golf course near the camp sekani and you can park there. Ride up the nearby service road to the bike park then up the hills and you can find trails everywhere. Head east and you can easily get up to the antennas on Beacon Hill and just have so much fun riding the trails that crisscross the whole park. Lots of flowy trails, bumpy rails and some real techie trails. Something for absolutely everyone. I'm a beginner, and I spent hours riding and admiring this area. Spokane is very lucky to have this place. I'll be back with more time and lots of water - it is hot and dry.

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  • Timothyfluegge
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    Had only 90 minutes this afternoon and made the most of it. Rode up the singletrack from the golf course and played around on the east side of the hill. There are tons of rolling, flowy singletrack, difficult climbs and therefore terrifying DH. Pick a trail, pin your ears back, and have a good time. Nubs, beware, there are trails for you here, but things can get out of hand very quickly.

    Rode here a day letter (06/04) and as I had a better feel for the layout I had even more fun. There's just tons of narrow, smooth and swooping singletrack all over the place that seems to go on forever. There's plenty of techy DH if your into that, and if not, there's plenty other things to keep you interested. I LOVE this place-it will leave a grin on your face for a long while!* Review edited 6/5/2012

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  • *****

    I fell in love with Beacon last year. It really ranges from beginner to expert. There are huge drops like Girthmore to chilling track like Rabid Rabbit. The true beauty lies in the natural terrain. The exposed basalt and granite make for completely unique terrain. Yes there are man made features and a new ridiculous rhythm section at Sekani, but this Hill is unique. Fat Tire keep the trails the riders respect it. Go rip it!

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  • Bill_and_Bell

    Not just for advanced riders. My daughter and I ride it on days that won't be busy. We work our way up and have a fun ride down. Typically we ride up to the switch backs before the towers. Very fun ride.

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  • AK_Dan
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    A year after my first ride here this place is more fun than ever. There is more continuity to a lot of the singletrack making some great defined runs. At the top of Beacon Hill itself is a flat area with a large antenna array, if you ride around the edge you will see several singletracks heading down in different directions. Heading down along the ridge to the East paralleling the power line will take you to another area full of trails and some downhill runs full of manmade props and natural big drops. I rode about 20 miles of trails in the last 2 days and never did find the exact trail in Madslackers videos, there are that many. I saved a GPS track today of the more popular trails from the Esmerelda golf course up and over Beacon Hill, East down the ridge and coming out on Upriver Dr at Sekani Park. There are a lot more trails all through here but this could give you an idea of the terrain.

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  • jscoronet
    *****

    Beacon in on of the best places to ride west of the missisippi. The trails are easy to find with plenty of parking at the bottom. Beacon also is great fo both crosscountry and downhill. You can ride this trail any time not a long drive.

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