DHC Events

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Camp Caro
    • 3

    A couple of spots left-this Saturday. 


    Join former Board member Dr.Sam Joseph and medical students from Washington State University on April 27th for a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) simulation at the Dishman Hills Natural Resource Conservation Area. The day will start with coffee and muffins at the natural area. The group will then be guided by Dr. Joseph and the WSU medical students through 4 separate WFA scenarios. The participants will become familiar with WFA basics while also building concrete skills that can be applied during an outdoor emergency. The training will conclude with a gourmet lunch provided by DHC. Participation in this event does not result in WFA certification.

    Cost is $100 per person.  (This is a DHC fundraiser-all proceeds go to DHC). Spaces limited to 8.

    • 28 Apr 2019
    • 18 May 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • 3701 S Thierman Road, Spokane, WA 99223
    • 30
    NEW GLENROSE TRAIL CONSTRUCTION - Spokane County Approved.
    Pick your date:

    Sun. April 28 

    Friday, May 3

    Sat. May 18

    All are 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

    Have some fun and be part of a trail crew! Join us for new trail construction at Glenrose in the Dishman Hills. Lynn Smith of the Spokane Mountaineers is leading the work to build a new trail in the Glenrose Unit in the Dishman Hills. You get to see the layout before anyone. 

    We'll meet at the new trailhead parking lot at the end of S Thierman Rd (3701 S Thierman) and begin our work from there. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring gloves, lunch, water, sun or safety glasses if you have them, and clothes for the weather. The Mountaineers will supply tools and safety gear. You can bring a pulaski or rake if you have one.

    If interested sign up from link or contact Lynn Smith at kslynndeb@hotmail.com as soon as possible so tools and refreshments can be arranged.

    • 04 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Camp Caro - 300 S Sargent Road

    Eagle Peak Hike

    Sat. May 4, 9 a.m. Camp Caro.

    Come hike with a guide to the great views of the surrounding area. We promise you won't get lost! This is a moderately strenuous 4 mile hike  in the northernmost area of the Dishman Hills. Hopefully we will get our first glimpses of early spring wildflowers. The view from Eagle Peak shows the possible connection to the south conservation units known as Glenrose and Iller Creek. 

    This is a moderately difficult hike on rough trails. The trails may be muddy or  in places ,so wear boots or shoes appropriate for uneven terrain. Weather can be iffy, so bring layers of clothing to stay warm and dry. 

    We will depart from Camp Caro at 9a.m.. Please park in the lower lot by Appleway and wait for the group to assemble. Bring water and snacks  The hike is free, but we request you to sign up on our website so we know how many to expect.    

    • 05 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • MEET AT Iller Creek Trailhead, 9101 E Holman Rd.
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    Registration is closed


    9 am - 3 pm on Sunday, May 5, 2018

    Becky Knapp, a native plant enthusiast,will again lead this popular nature walk. The 5+ mile hike will proceed at a slow pace as we enjoy the diverse plant species of flowers and trees that are located along Iller Creek. We will go the Rocks of Sharon Ridge with spectacular views and stop for lunch.

    Iller Creek is known for its wide variety of plant and tree types, including western hemlock forests. The walk along Iller Creek is cool and wet with a wide variety of flowering plants. The Rocks of Sharon ridge, in contrast,  is dry. From there, we enjoy fabulous views over the Palouse. This is a perfect hike to learn about several native plant ecosystems.

    This moderately difficult hike will start at 9 am and proceed slowly as we enjoy learning about the plants along the way. We plan on being back to the cars at 3 pm. This route involves about 1100 ft. of elevation gain; some of it moderately steep. Bring a lunchwater, and a jacket in case of chilly winds or a bit of rain in the afternoon. 

    We will meet at the Iller Creek Trailhead is at 9100 E Holman Road.

    Directions to Trailhead: From I-90, take the Argonne Road exit 287. Drive south on Argonne Road. Continue past Sprague Avenue onto Dishman-Mica Road, driving approximately 2.8 miles. Turn right at the Schafer Road stoplight and cross the railroad tracks. Continue until Schafer Road tees into 44th Ave and turn right on 44th. Go one block and turn left on Woodruff, continue on Woodruff to Holman and turn right and stay on Holman to the Trailhead sign. [Proceed slowly through the neighborhood.]

    For more information, call Becky at 509 868-9513 or Jeff Lambert at 509-999-5100.

    • 11 May 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Camp Caro, 535 S Sargent Rd, Spokane Valley, WA
    • 17


    May 11, 2019

    1-4 p.m.

    This walk and talk hike will geologist will cover an easy 3 mile loop to take in the interesting geologic aspects of the lower Dishman Hills. topics will include the great Glacial Floods of the Ice Age, plate tectonics, volcanoes, hydrology and all the forces of geology that shaped the hills. All your geo-questions will be answered, some accurately!

    The walking is over some sections with  steep and rough trails. The distance is about 3 miles. Meet at Camp Caro 12:45 p.m.

    Event is free, but please sign up geology walk

    • 18 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Stevens Creek Trailhead, 9100 S Stevens Creek Road, Spokane, WA 99223
    • 3

    GEOLOGY Walk to Big Rock

    Sat. May 18, Stevens Creek Trailhead 9 a.m.

    The walk will time travel across mind-bending billions of years – take a sweep across plate-tectonics, volcanoes, ice-age flooding, and much more. We will show us how to “read “ the fascinating story of why the Dishman Hills, and our region in general, is so special, just by observing the rocks and land forms around us.

    This walk will be approximately 3 miles of moderately difficult hiking at a leisurely pace. Bring water, clothing for the weather and hiking shoes.  Please meet at Stevens Creek Parking lot at 9 a.m.

    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Camp Caro, Dishman Hills Natural Area, 300 S Sargent Rd, Spokane, WA
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    Saturday, June 1, 2019

    8 am Check-in - Camp Caro Lodge

    Park at 300 S. Sargent Road

    9 am Run for the Hills

    Come join us on National Trails Day for the Tom Rogers Legacy Run for the Hills. A celebration of where it all began and the man who made it possible. This 5 mile / 8 km run winds through and over a landscape anchored on bedrock 1.5 billion years old, then carved by ice age floods the like of which have never been surpassed. All proceeds will be used to support the Dishman Hills Conservancy’s goal to preserve the Wild Heart of Spokane, through conservation, education and stewardship.

    Please Note: The run traverses many of the trails within the original Dishman Hills Natural Area. Because the course contains sections of steep, rugged terrain on single-track trails, it is for those with trail running experience.

    This event is limited to 75 participants. Registration closes on May 20th for t-shirts and May 31 without t-shirt. There will be no day of run registration. Additional information will be provided to participants prior to the event.

    Tom Rogers began his journey to save what is now the foundation of the Dishman Hills Conservancy in the early 1960’s. When he wasn’t teaching biology at University High School in Spokane Valley, he was walking the Hills creating a meticulous record of its flora and fauna. He led countless hikes to share the beauty and complexity of the Hills. He knew that natural spaces needed to be protected, not only to preserve a group of diverse environments, but as a place where we could walk, ramble, or run in the natural world. By the time of his death in the fall of 1999 he had seen the creation of what would become today’s Dishman Hills Conservancy. A Conservancy now in its 52 year carries on his dream to preserve a natural wild life corridor that has grown from 535 acres to almost 2700 acres. But, there are still gaps that need to be filled if this Wild Heart of Spokane is to be preserved. Join us in celebrating the past, present, and future of the Dishman Hills, and the man that started it all.

    Liability Wavier: By registering for this event, participants agree to the following liability waiver. This outdoor activity will take place in an uncontrolled wildland, with forested, steep, mountainous terrain. Numerous hazards exist from traveling in these wildlands, including, but not limited to:

    ·         getting lost and/or separated from the leader and/or group for a variety of reasons;

    ·         unpredictable extreme weather, lack of visibility due to fog or smoke, trail obscured by snow, downfall or other conditions;

    ·         steep, uneven, broken, rocky ground and dangerous cliffs;

    ·         poison ivy, other poisonous plants, and potential eye and skin injuries from branches;

    ·         potential for bee stings, tick infections, other insect bites and stings, and animal attacks.

    I understand it is my responsibility to not participate in any activities that are beyond my physical abilities, or that would expose me to factors I am sensitive to.   I also understand that it is my responsibility to wear footwear and clothes that are appropriate for weather conditions and these wildland activities. Participation in this activity requires a waiver of the right to sue the Dishman Hills Conservancy, employees and volunteers for any and all claims including negligence resulting in personal injury, accidents and property loss arising from participation in this activity. Participation in the activity is risky regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries and accidents that may cause death or disability.  By signing this waiver, I agree to indemnify and hold the DHC and its employees and volunteers harmless from any and all claims, suits, procedures, costs, expenses, damages and other liabilities including attorney’s fees.

    • 15 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Stevens Creek Trail Head (9002 S Stevens Creek Rd.)
    • 2

    Songbirds of Stevens Creek with Jon Isacoff

    Join Jon Isacoff at the Stevens Creek Trailhead for an early morning walk through the Dishman Hills Conservation Area to learn about birds.  Stevens Creek is home to approximately 50 species of breeding birds and exactly 113 species (and counting) have been documented here during all seasons of the year.  The local specialties are neotropical migrant breeding songbirds (i.e., little birds that fly very far South for the winter), including Hummingbirds, Flycatchers, Vireos, and Warblers. If the birds are quiet, it's still a fantastic hike with views over the Palouse and granite rock outcroppings!

    The hike will be about 2 miles at a leisurely pace. We start at the Stevens Creek Trail Head (9002 S Stevens Creek Rd.) at 7:00 a.m. and will return by 10:00 a.m.

Past events

20 Apr 2019 Hike to the Glenrose Unit of the Dishman Hills
13 Apr 2019 2019 Buttercup Hike
04 Apr 2019 Dishman Hills Celebration Dinner
04 Apr 2019 Celebration Dinner Volunteer Opportunity
09 Mar 2019 Big Rock Addition Hike-Stevens Creek Trailhead
07 Mar 2019 Phillips Creek Trailhead Public Meeting
15 Jan 2019 2019 DHC Annual Meeting
04 Jan 2019 Mailing Preparation Volunteer Opportunity
01 Jan 2019 First Day Ramble to the Glenrose Unit of the Dishman Hills
23 Dec 2018 Big Rock Addition Hike-Stevens Creek Trailhead
21 Dec 2018 Winter Solstice Glow Ramble from 8th Ave Trailhead
17 Dec 2018 Presentation to the Spokane Mountaineers
11 Dec 2018 Education Committee Meeting
25 Nov 2018 Big Rock Addition Hike-Stevens Creek Trailhead
24 Nov 2018 Hike to the Glenrose Unit of the Dishman Hills
23 Nov 2018 Friday Ramble to Big Rock #OptOutside
18 Nov 2018 Big Rock Addition Hike-Stevens Creek Trailhead
02 Nov 2018 Glenrose Trailhead Ribbon Cutting
06 Oct 2018 Nature Walk to Big Rock (Rocks of Sharon) from Stevens Creek Rd
22 Sep 2018 Hike to Big Rock (Rocks of Sharon) from Stevens Creek Rd
15 Sep 2018 Willow Springs Hike
02 Aug 2018 Evening Hike - Pinecliff Loop
26 Jul 2018 Hike to Big Rock (Rocks of Sharon) from Stevens Creek Trailhead
19 Jul 2018 Evening Hike-Enchanted Ravine
12 Jul 2018 Evening Hike-Ponds & Nimbus Knob
08 Jul 2018 Hike to Big Rock (Rocks of Sharon) from Stevens Creek Rd
07 Jul 2018 Spokatopia-Dishman Hills Conservancy booth
28 Jun 2018 Vigorous Hike - Iller Creek
16 Jun 2018 Songbird Walk with Jonathan Isacoff
10 Jun 2018 Native Plant Hike at Iller Creek Trailhead
02 Jun 2018 National Trails Day - Free Activities
02 Jun 2018 Tom Rogers Memorial Run for the Hills
19 May 2018 Weed Work and Lunch
06 May 2018 Native Plant Hike at Iller Creek Trailhead
14 Apr 2018 Dishman Hills Celebration Dinner
07 Apr 2018 Annual Buttercup Hike
24 Mar 2018 DHC Info Table at REI
02 Mar 2018 Dishman Hills Paintings by LR Montgomery at Dodson's
24 Jan 2018 DHC Membership Meeting
16 Jan 2018 Dishman Hills and the Spokane Mountaineers - Past and Present
01 Jan 2018 Ramble to Eagle Peak from Camp Caro
24 Nov 2017 GET OUTSIDE - Big Rock (Rocks of Sharon) from Stevens Creek Rd
24 Nov 2017 Opt Outside Friday Ramble Natural Area to Nimbus Knob
14 Oct 2017 Hike to the Glenrose Unit of the Dishman Hills
16 Sep 2017 Hike to the Glenrose Unit of the Dishman Hills
10 Sep 2017 Hike to Big Rock (Rocks of Sharon) from Stevens Creek Rd
24 Aug 2017 Hike to Big Rock (Rocks of Sharon) from Stevens Creek Rd
17 Aug 2017 Hike to Eagle Peak from Camp Caro
03 Aug 2017 Dishman Hills Conservancy Picnic at Camp Caro
27 Jul 2017 Evening Hike to Rocks of Sharon
20 Jul 2017 Evening hike to Goldback Springs and Enchanted Ravine
13 Jul 2017 Evening hike to Nimbus Knob
08 Jul 2017 Spokatopia-Dishman Hills Conservancy booth
06 Jul 2017 Evening hike-Deep Ravine
20 Jun 2017 Native Plant Hike at Iller Creek Trailhead II
17 Jun 2017 Trail Work on Glenrose Unit - June 17
15 Jun 2017 Stewardship Committee Meeting
13 Jun 2017 Education Committee June Meeting
11 Jun 2017 Native Plant Hike at Iller Creek Trailhead
03 Jun 2017 Butterfly Walk in the Dishman Hills - Stevens Creek Trailhead
03 Jun 2017 Trail Work on Glenrose Unit Trail - June 3
20 May 2017 Weed Control Project
20 May 2017 Songbird Walk with Jonathan Isacoff
29 Apr 2017 Rocks of Sharon Nature Hike - Rich Leon
18 Apr 2017 Education Committee Meeting
15 Apr 2017 51st Celebration Dinner
09 Apr 2017 Trail Work on Glenrose Unit Trail Day 3
08 Apr 2017 Annual Buttercup Hike
01 Apr 2017 Trail Work on Glenrose Unit Trail-Day 2
22 Mar 2017 Trail Work Canceled on March 22
18 Mar 2017 POSTPONED - Hike Iller Creek to Big Rock
13 Mar 2017 DHC Fundraiser at David's Pizza
11 Mar 2017 Hike to Eagle Peak from Camp Caro
11 Feb 2017 Glenrose Trail - Hike or Snowshoe
28 Jan 2017 All Out in 2017 at Kendall Yards
10 Jan 2017 DHC Annual Meeting
13 Dec 2016 Stewardship Committee Meeting
10 Dec 2016 Big Rock in Winter Hike or Snowshoe
25 Nov 2016 Hike to Big Rock-Dishman Hills
29 Oct 2016 Hike from Glenrose Trailhead
22 Oct 2016 Hike to Dishman Cliffs from Camp Caro
15 Oct 2016 Iller Creek Hike to Big Rock
08 Oct 2016 Hike to Eagle Peak from Camp Caro
04 Oct 2016 Hiking for Beginners Class at Shadle Library
01 Oct 2016 Hike to Rocks of Sharon/ Big Rock
25 Sep 2016 Valleyfest 2016 sign up.
24 Sep 2016 Iller Creek Hike
17 Sep 2016 Bird Walk to Big Rock with Jon Isacoff
12 Sep 2016 Hiking for Beginners Class at South Hill Library
11 Sep 2016 Rocks of Sharon/Iller Creek Nature Walk - Rich Leon
10 Sep 2016 Plein Air Painting in the Dishman Hills
03 Sep 2016 Stevens Creek Hike
17 Aug 2016 Family Friendly Hike with Rick Severn
13 Aug 2016 Trail Host at Camp Caro Trail Head
13 Aug 2016 Ponds Walk with Jack Nisbet
10 Aug 2016 Family Friendly Hike with Rick Severn
04 Aug 2016 Dishman Hills Conservancy Picnic at Camp Caro
03 Aug 2016 Family Friendly Hike with Rick Severn
26 Jul 2016 Butterfly Walk in the Dishman Hills - Iller Creek Trailhead
20 Jul 2016 Introduction to Camp Caro Hike for Beginners
16 Jul 2016 Trail Host at Stevens Creek Trail Head
12 Jul 2016 Geology for Kids Hike at Camp Caro with Michael Hamilton
09 Jul 2016 Spokatopia
06 Jul 2016 Trail Host at Iller Creek Trail Head
29 Jun 2016 Introduction to Camp Caro Hike for Beginners
25 Jun 2016 Trail Host and Short Hike at Stevens Creek Trail Head
19 Jun 2016 Big Rock & Rocks of Sharon Hike with Chris Kopczynski
04 Jun 2016 Butterfly Walk in the Dishman Hills - Iller Creek
15 May 2016 Forest Ecology Hike with Art Zack,
07 May 2016 Hike and Sketch
09 Apr 2016 Buttercup Hike
19 Mar 2016 Hike to Big Rock from Stevens Creek Trailhead
13 Mar 2016 Dishman Hills Conoservation Area -Glenrose Hike
05 Mar 2016 Family Hike in Dishman Hills
23 Feb 2016 February Board Meeting
19 Jan 2016 Annual Membership Meeting
15 Dec 2015 December Board Meeting
27 Nov 2015 Natural Area Walk - Day After Thanksgiving
24 Oct 2015 Hike to Rocks of Sharon/ Big Rock
17 Oct 2015 Geology Walk with Michael Hamilton
10 Oct 2015 Iller Creek Loop Hike
03 Oct 2015 Hike to Glenrose Conservation Area
26 Sep 2015 Hike to Rocks of Sharon/ Big Rock
19 Sep 2015 Sustainable Living Fair
19 Sep 2015 Hike to Glenrose Conservation Area
17 Sep 2015 RECREATION in the DISHMAN HILLS Presentation
25 Jul 2015 Wildfire Ecology Hike
23 Jul 2015 Camp Caro to Eagle Peak
16 Jul 2015 Iller Creek Hike
06 Jun 2015 BIRD WALK - Big Rock from Stevens Creek Parking Lot
30 May 2015 WILD FLOWER WALK - Iller Creek
11 Apr 2015 49th Annual Buttercup Hike
28 Mar 2015 Trails Opening Day-- Camp Caro
28 Mar 2015 Trails Opening Day-- Glenrose section
17 Mar 2015 DHC Committee Year Round Recruitment
06 Feb 2015 DHC Celebration Dinner
20 Jan 2015 DHC Annual Meeting
18 Oct 2014 Public Forum - Security around Dishman Hills Natural Resources Conservation Area
08 Oct 2014 Wisdom Earned: A Mountain Climber's Perspective
01 Jun 2013 Big Rock Parking Lot Dedication
21 Apr 2013 Earth Day 2013 - DHNRCA
23 Mar 2013 Dishman Hills Conservancy Annual Celebration Dinner
27 Oct 2012 Reforest Spokane - DHNA
12 May 2012 ** The Dream Trail - Celebration **
21 Apr 2012 Earth Day

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