This winter is a strange one as we experience extended COVID-19 pandemic limitations. Socializing and the way we spend time in public places has been changing drastically within this last year on top of our usual cold temperatures, short days, and fluctuating weather conditions. This time of year can also be an in-between seasonal drudge when it comes to finding some things to do. One thing that doesn’t change, however, is the Spokane community’s unique ability to adjust and creatively find ways to enjoy regular local activities, safely. Around the beginning of a new year, winter blues can creep in subtly, so here are some suggestions for activities you can still enjoy this winter season.
Walking and Snowshoeing
Most hiking trails in the area are snowed in currently, however, with our less-than-average level of snowfall, lower trails are still accessible and quite enjoyable for a stroll. Riverside State Park, Manito, the Little Spokane River are great places to check out. Centennial Trail is also a wonderful place for a quick walk as it is easy and nearby.
If you’re looking for a more adventurous trip, Iller Creek and Mt. Spokane State Park are great options with higher elevation. SnowShoeing is permitted on any trail with adequate snow pack with the exception of groomed Nordic ski trails, the alpine ski area, and groomed snowmobile trails. The Friends of Mt. Spokane State Park provide much information regarding routes and guidelines. Snowshoe rentals are available from local shops as well as Gonzaga Outdoors. Mount Spokane has several loops ranging from 1.5 miles to 4 miles round trip. A Sno-Park permit is required for parking during the winter months and can be obtained at the State Park entrance office.
In the heart of Downtown Spokane in Riverfront park, you can find the famous Looff Carrousel open between 11am-6pm beginning March 1st! Tickets can be purchased online, which is highly recommended to reduce wait times. Tickets can be purchased on site too. Be sure to check the construction map since ongoing construction will affect accessibility to the Park.
While in the Park, check out the Sky Ribbon Cafe for a delicious bite to eat. The cafe is open and following the most current guidelines in Washington. Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, burgers, or pizza… or all of the above, Sky Ribbon Cafe has all your favorites covered.
Pavilion Light Show
Sunday, Friday, Saturday from March 5th until April 30th, you can enjoy a dynamic light show at the Riverfront Park Pavillion from sunset until 10pm. Check your weather app to gauge sunset time and be sure to check the construction map to best navigate the area and find adequate parking. The spectacle is FREE for all to enjoy!