Spokane's 'Interurban' (Rail Trail #1)  LbNA # 20661

OwnerStorm Crow    
Placed DateMar 4 2006
CountySpokane
LocationSpokane, WA
Boxes1
Found By Storm Crow
Last Found Nov 18 2022
StatusFFFFFFFFO  
Hike Distance?

**I moved this box back to its original location because the construction has stopped** May 1st, 2009



In 1905 Washington Water Power built an electric rail line on the old Seattle, Lakeshore and Eastern Railroad bed. The trolley line from Spokane picked up this 'new' line between the old and new Sunset Highways and then curved around Grandview hill with great views of Spokane and 'Mt. Baldy'. It carried many people in the early 1900's to Medical Lake for Sunday excursions with many stops along the way. Place names for these stops include Garden Springs, Dodd, Riemer, Lincoln, Winsor, Reitmeier, Jamieson Sub-Station (a brick building near the airport that you can still see from I-90) and Hayford Stations.

Directions for out-of-towners:

From downtown Spokane head west on I-90, take the Garden Spring exit that is at the same place you exit for the Airport.Turn right at stop sign then turn left onto Assembly.

From the south (on 195) turn left onto Thorpe road at flashing yellow light which is 1 mile south of I-90.

From the west take Garden Springs exit. At the stop sign go straight on Garden Springs road and turn right onto Assembly road.

Distance: Approx. 3.0 miles(round-trip) easy walk.
Precautions: The old rail line drops off sharply on sides so is not appropriate for small children.
Handcarved Stamp: Yes
Hitchhiker Friendly: Yes
Equipment: Compass & gloves

Clues: Drive to Assembly road. Yes, it is in the same area as the now defunct 'Under the Catwalk' letterbox was. However you are going to park where the old line crosses Assembly (.1 from Thorpe intersection and .3 miles from Garden Springs intersection). Walk heading in a generally east direction along the old rail bed. It will gradually wind in a more northernly direction. After about 3/4 of a mile you come to a gaping wound in the trail from 'development'. Drop down to your right and cross the open scar. Past 2 yellow fire hydrants, large boulder and a pile of broken concrete slabs all on your right. You will be climbing back up toward the trees roughly beneath the water tower in the Grandview developement. You will find the path back into the woods along the old intact part of the trail. Through a thick section of trees with black cottonwoods. Then open again with the extended portion of the scar on your right down the hill. When you come to a bridge that is out then you need to back track aways and descend on a side trail then take a sharp left turn on another side trail and you will be at the base of the old bridge. The box is tucked under some pine needles between the concrete and a pine tree on the south corner of the furthest east part o the old bridge.


Enjoy exploring this area! The trail is frequented by walkers, runners, horseback riders and mountain bikers. The trail is in the local mountain biking guide book put out by Falcon (trail # 15). Wildlife is plentiful and in the fall there are moose around!