by Harley McAllister
Another nearby gem of a place to get outside that is close to Spokane is the Dishman Hills. This is actually comprised of 4 different sections, and this Spring we have already visited the Iller Creek portion a couple times and the Dishman Hills Natural Area once. The latter is just off Appleway in the Spokane Valley, and the main access is Camp Caro across the street from auto row. It has a number of great trails through rolling hills that go to hidden ponds and beautiful vistas.
Iller Creek is found a bit further south off Dishman Mica road with a trailhead in the Ponderosa development. Trails here climb to sweeping views from the eastern ridge, or stay low in the cool creek valley which is great for escaping the heat on a warm day.
Any way you do it, it is a great place to escape outdoors for a short excursion. More details can be found at the Dishman Hills Conservancy website, including a list of upcoming events in May and June that look very interesting.