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Spokane Travel Guide

Sports and the Outdoors

Climbing

Mountain Gear. You can get a taste of rock climbing on the indoor wall here. A one-hour class costs $20; rent climbing shoes for $6 a day. 2002 N. Division St., Spokane, WA, 99207. 509/325–9000. www.mountaingear.com.

Wild Walls. Here, a day pass to climb the Big Wall costs $15; there are also classes for ages four and up, a weekly women's climbing night, and special rates for college students and military. 202 W. 2nd Ave., Spokane, WA, 99201. 509/455–9596. www.wildwalls.com.

Golf

Hangman Valley. This 18-hole, par-72 course, has greens fees of $29 weekdays, $31 weekends. 2210 E. Hangman Valley Rd., Spokane, WA, 99223. 509/448–1212. www.spokanecounty.org/parks.

Indian Canyon. On the slope of a basalt canyon, this 18-hole course has great views of North Spokane and Mt. Spokane. The greens fees are $29 weekdays, $32 weekends. 4304 W. West Dr., Spokane, WA, 99224. 509/747–5353. www.spokanegolf.org.

Liberty Lake. This course is near MeadowWood, so avid golfers can visit both and play 36 holes. The greens fees are $29 weekdays, $31 weekends. 24403 E. Sprague Ave., Liberty Lake, WA, 99019. 509/255–6233. www.spokanecounty.org/parks.

MeadowWood. This is a Scottish-style course that has been ranked in Washington's top 10 municipal courses. Greens fees are $29 weekdays, $31 weekends. 24501 E. Valleyway Ave., Liberty Lake, WA, 99019. 509/255–9539. www.spokanecounty.org/parks.

Hiking

The hills around Spokane are laced with trails, almost all of which connect with 37-mile-long Centennial Trail, which winds along the Spokane River. Beginning in Nine Mile Falls, northwest of Spokane, the well-marked trail ends in Idaho. Maps are available at the visitor center at 201 West Main Street. Northwest of downtown at Riverside State Park, a paved trail leads through a 17-million-year-old fossil forest in Deep Creek Canyon. From there it's easy to get to the western end of the Centennial Trail by crossing the suspension bridge at the day-use parking lot; trails heading both left and right will lead to the Centennial.

Skiing

49° North. An hour north of Spokane in the Colville National Forest, this is a 2,325-acre family-oriented resort. Lift tickets cost $52 to $57; snowboards and ski package rentals are about $35. U.S. 395, 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah, WA, 99109. 509/935–6649 or 866/376–4949. www.ski49n.com.

Mt. Spokane. This modest downhill resort, 28 miles northeast of downtown Spokane, has a 2,000-foot drop and 10 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. Snowshoeing and tubing are also options. There's night skiing Wednesday–Saturday. Lift tickets cost $39 to $52. A Discover Pass is required on all vehicles ($10 for one day or $30 annually) and is valid at all Washington state parks. A Sno-Park permit is also required for parking at nordic skiing trailheads. 29500 N. Mt. Spokane Park Dr., Mead, WA, 99021. 509/238–2220. www.mtspokane.com.

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