The Pine Lake Loop Trail is a furrific choice for seeing the natural beauty and abundant wildlife of eastern Washington with your four-legged friend! You and Fido can find this 1.25-mile, asphalt paved trail on the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, just 30 minutes southwest of Spokane.
The pooch-friendly Pine Lake Loop Trail will take you and your pup on a leisurely hike along Winslow Pool and around Pine Lake. As you make your way around the lake, see if you can spot the several species of waterfowl that call the refuge home, or stop over during migration. There's a good chance that you and your pooch will encounter deer, moose, elk, and river otter as well, so keep your eyes peeled! Want to take a moment to enjoy your surroundings? Pawse and relax at one of the four benches along the loop.
To get a better look at the wildlife on the refuge, head to the overlook above Winslow Pool at the trailhead, where two SeeCoast binoculars have been installed. There's also an observation blind in the southeastern part of the loop. Depending on the time of year, you might spot tundra swans, American pelicans, and great blue herons, among others.
The Pine Lake Loop Trail is fully accessible and welcoming to visitors of all abilities, so expect to share it with travelers using walkers or wheelchairs. Make sure your canine companion behaves, and always keep them on a 6-foot leash to prevent them from lunging at other animals or people. If your pup does their business, be sure to clean up after them right away. As for two-legged visitors, public restrooms can be found at the trailhead.
Note that from March through October, there is a $3 parking fee, and a $3 entrance fee per family who will walk or bike on the refuge. If you want to save a few bucks, parking and admission is free during the wintertime. Whatever the season, unique geology and diverse wildlife await you and Fido on the Pine Lake Loop Trail!
Watch out for ticks! Arm yourselves with a tick repellent and check your furry pal thoroughly before heading home.