Are you in the mood for a quiet hike with your pup in the meadows? Check out the fantastic Day Mountain Loop Trail in Mount Spokane State Park. The six-mile hike will provide you about three hours of quality time with your pooch and the wilderness. There are many beautiful hikes at the 13,800-acre state park, but this one proves to be one of the most dog-friendly and calm trails, and the elevation doesn’t exceed 5,100 ft. The best time to go is between June and October. You won’t soon forget your time hiking along the shoulder of Mount Spokane.
Spokane River Centennial Trail is part of the 1,600 miles of rail-trails maintained by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit that’s turns old railroads nationwide into asphalt trails for walkers, bikers and other fitness enthusiasts. Spokane River Centennial Trail spans 37.5-mile, going from the Idaho border, through downtown Spokane and ending at the canyons west of town. On the trail, you’ll see forceful rapids and beautiful waterfalls, so make sure to bring a camera to capture the breathtaking views! Drinking water and other supplies may be hard to find along the trail, so just go prepared.
The Tin Cup Cafe is a relaxed, calming eatery with outdoor dog-friendly seating. The café offers espresso, milkshakes, and other sweet drinks, along with a full lunch menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and breakfast foods. Try an order of classic biscuits and gravy in the morning, or a pulled BBQ beef sandwich for lunch. The owners are residents of the Nine Mile Community motivated by the desire to provide a neighborhood space to gather and eat. Once you’ve had some tasty food and drink, check out the affordable home décor they offer. They are open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Animal Wellness Connection, LLC is not something you’ll run across very often. But it’s someplace you need to check out. The professional staff offers holistic services to your dog or cat. Their purpose is to help your pet achieve a naturally healthy state of being and have an enhanced quality of life. They approach this through various animal touch therapies, including Warm Water Hydrotherapy, Manual Ligament Therapy, Reiki, Aromatherapy, Crystal Essences and the Raindrop Technique with essential oils. They also offer grooming services and fitness classes. Remember: a happy puppy means a happy puppy-lover. Call for an appointment or more information.
McKenzie Conservation Area features 462 acres of numerous nature trails, hiking trails, picnic areas, bird-watching, equestrian trails and cross-country skiing. Load up your pup in your car and go for an adventure! You’ll find upland evergreen forests that show off western red cedar, fir, pine trees and aspen groves. You might also spot moose, elk, white-tailed deer, coyote, black bear, turtles and frogs! Two streams and springs lead to the wetlands from the north and west. Just be sure to keep your excitable furry friend on a leash at all times. The conservation is open dawn to dusk.