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The Fish Lake Trail leaves West Spokane and runs south through open forest to reach Queen Lucas Lake, which is 1.5 miles north of the trail's ultimate planned destination, Fish Lake Regional Park. Upon completion of this gap, two bridges over active rail lines will join this trail to 3.5 paved miles of the Columbia Plateau Trail, serving as a corridor for commuting and recreation between Spokane and the college town of Cheney.
From the Spokane trailhead, the route follows a mild uphill grade; to your left, trees separate you from US 195 for a couple miles and then from Cheney Spokane Road, which loosely parallels the trail. Half-mile markers guide you through the hot, dry uplands of Eastern Washington.
The trail follows a piece of corridor of the Oregon–Washington Railroad & Navigation Company (a division of the Union Pacific Railroad) through the Latah Valley, formerly Hangman Valley. At Marshall Canyon, take in railroad history as you travel beside active rail lines through the area known by railfans as "The Funnel."
The Scribner Road trailhead offers access to scenic Queen Lucas Lake. Experienced commuters might leave the trail at South Scribner Road to continue 2 miles to Fish Lake, where the wide shoulders of the two-lane Cheney Spokane Road and the Columbia Plateau Trail offer separate routes to Cheney (and Eastern Washington University). Just farther south, the Columbia Plateau Trail leads into the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge; a hard-packed dirt and gravel surface, which becomes less passable mid-trail, replaces the paved trail just before reaching the refuge.
Future plans bridge a short gap on city roads to link the Fish Lake Trail to Centennial Trail State Park.
To reach the Spokane trailhead, take Interstate 90 to Exit 279. Continue on US 195 south for 0.3 mile. Turn right onto W. 16th Avenue, which becomes S. Lindeke Street and curves to the right. In 0.6 mile, turn right to stay on S. Lindeke Street (which becomes S. Milton Street), and then make an immediate right into the trailhead parking lot.
To reach the Scribner Road trailhead, take I-90 to Exit 270. Turn left onto W. Melville Road, and go 4 miles. Turn right onto S. Spotted Road, and in 0.7 mile, turn left onto W. Andrus Road. In 0.8 mile, turn right onto S. Grove Road, and then take a right onto Cheney Spokane Road. In 0.6 mile, take a left onto S. Scribner Road, and you will see a small gravel lot on your right.
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