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High Drive Cliffs

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

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Multiple trails criss-cross the steep west & south sides of Spokane's South Hill 'hood. Trails stretch from the I-90 freeway to S. Hatch road. For most of the breadth of the area, three trails (hi, mid & low) traverse on fairly flat trajectories; climbs between the traverses can be quite steep. Not overly technical, but the narrow singletrack on steep cliffs can cause vertigo and high consequences for small errors. Urban trails, so watch for hikers and dogs. Be kind - Spokanoids are/prefer friendly.
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Latitude
47.61819841513311
Longitude
-117.41595268249512
Trail Length
20
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Spokane
State/Territory/Province
WA
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 19, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: debusama ,  Racer

Summary:
I am fortunate to live two blocks away from this trail. The line across the top sees a lot of traffic; hikers, dog walkers, trail runners. Most people start from Poly Judd Park on 14th and head south, so the first few miles are congested, particularly on weekends and in the evenings when us locals are getting off work. You might want to take it slow for the first few miles. The top trail is fairly non-technical, but fun and fast. I use it as my cyclocross training course. The lower trails and trails going up and down the side of the bluff are more fun on a mountain bike and offer twisty descents with swooping trails and banked turns, once you’ve gone down the bluff to the bottom near the gulf course, there’s no escaping the climbing you’ll have to do to get back to High Drive. One thing to consider If you have an irrational fear of heights or aren’t confident with your ability to stay on the trail is that there several sections of the trail along a drop-off that some might find frightening.



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Review Date
December 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: puravidachicago ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great views from the high (500ft?) cliff. Vegetation changes from meadow to fairly dense forest as you head south. Some very narrow singletrack demands sharp focus.

Recommended Route:
Lots of entry points along High Drive (exit 280, head south on Maple, which becomes High Drive). This area connects with Riverside park via the Southwest Passage.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tower Mt., Liberty Lake, Beacon Hill, Riverside.



Comments
MOX13 (05/26/2009)
Where are the entry points exactly? Ones along hatch? Or near the top of High Drive?
debusama (10/12/2011)
I think the easiest entry point is if you take 14th west until it ends in a cul-de-sac next to Polly Jud Park. There are a few parking spots in the park, or you can park along the road where it dead-ends. Just head south from the cul-de-sac and you're on the trail. The most mellow ride is along the top provided that you aren't scared of heights, or you can take on of the trails down toward the gulf course for some steeper, more technical. terrain. Take it slow near 14th as it is the starting point for most of the hikers. Once you get a few miles in, there are fewer people to worry about.
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