Post Falls Community Forest
Nestled on the bends of the Spokane River and in Post Falls, Idaho, this community forest is a lesser-known gem to the area. It has a sprawling 500-acre landscape that follows the river for about 2 miles, offering numerous hiking trails and connects to nearby trails at Q’emiln Park. This recreational area is exclusively for non-motorized public recreation. This community forest offers plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities, from mountain biking to rock climbing and fishing opportunity. Check out the Post Falls Community Forest brochure from the Parks and Recreation Department for trail maps and forest information.
Where’s The Trailhead?
You have one of two options to access the Post Falls Community Forest. Most recommended is actually by accessing it through Q’emiln, at least, If you’re looking to have no trouble with limited parking and are seeking potentially longer hiking loops. It’s also best if you hope to swim or rock climb. However, a new trailhead on West Riverview Drive was recently added, offering a small, limited parking lot with a restroom. You can access more forest trails and continued access to the river.
Is It Dog Friendly?
The forest is a perfect place to bring your furry companions! However, they are prohibited from being off their leases for the safety of other community members. This doesn’t mean you can’t take them along for a beautiful, long hike or some time down by the river. So, is the Post Falls Community Forest a dog-friendly place? You bet!
Can It Be Enjoyed Year-Round?
While the forest can be an enhancing experience during the winter months, it can also be dangerous. Opt for sturdy, waterproof boots and extra warm clothing when snow or rainfall is present to ensure your experience on the trails doesn’t end with wet feet or frozen body parts. Always exercise extreme caution with icy and snow paths, and consider sticking to some of the easier trails with less elevation changes. Many parts of the trail are downright dangerous, some of which are closest to the river’s edge. There is still plenty of opportunity to continue enjoying the community forest year-round.