Bella on Spokane hiking trails

Hiking Spokane trails for dog panoramas

There’s something about standing on a rock and looking down at everything below me.

It’s an incredible feeling to reach the summit of one of the many Spokane trails, take a break and drink in the beautiful world that seems to go on for forever.

And to have my very best friend by my side?

It’s incomparable.

One of our favorite Spokane trails

We are beyond fortunate in this area to have so many Spokane trails to hike that are just a short drive away.

Do I love to get my hiking day started with a long drive into the mountains? Heck yeah, I do. I’m a road trip kinda gal.

Sometimes, though, I need to hop in the car and get outdoors quickly. Mt. Spokane State Park, a treasure trove of summits and viewpoints, is 45 minutes from my house.

Easy peasy.

Even better, one of my favorite Spokane trails is a mere 25 minutes away. (OK, fine, more like 20 but I got a speeding ticket on the 27 once and got in big trouble with my husband.)

The Big Rock Trail off the Stevens Creek trailhead in Valleyford is part of the larger Dishman Hills Conservation Area.

It isn’t long before you’re headed straight uphill to reach the Rocks of Sharon. It’s only two miles or so to the rocks from the parking lot so the scenic view is quickly within reach.

Once at the rocks, you can find a few different places to cast your eyes onto the Palouse, a pastoral setting that’s recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of Washington State.

For me, it’s one of the best places to create a Pupscape panorama portrait of you and your dog.

Maremma sheepdog at Rocks of Sharon in Spokane Valley
The Rocks of Sharon

In the spring, it’s ripe with golden fields of canola and rolling hills of lush green.

This time of year, it’s muted earthy tones, the fields farmed of their crops and ready to rest for the winter.

Some photographers have their favorite time of year to create images of the Palouse … I love them all.

And that I can see so much of it from the Rocks of Sharon makes the Big Rock Trail one of the best Spokane trails for hiking and sightseeing.

All around the circle

Our task for this week’s blog circle was to shoot from above. I thought about using the different perspective but all my plans to meet with dogs fell through.

Because weather.

So I took a different attack by hitting the Spokane trails and getting up high to cast my lens on the world below.

With Bella as my star, of course.

If you’re reading this on Friday, we’re probably off hiking another trail at Mt. Spokane, looking for a great view.

Bella hiking Spokane trails
She loves hiking the Spokane trails

Now let’s hit the internet trails to see how my dog photographer friends handled shoot from above.

Start with Linda Perdue from VPShoots Photography, serving the Tampa Bay, Florida, areas.

At the end of Linda’s post, click the link to the next post and see where we take you.

When you find yourself back here, you know you’re home.

Right where you belong.

And when you’re ready to book an Adventure Day session for a guided hike and a Pupscape of your own, click this button:

8 thoughts on “Hiking Spokane trails for dog panoramas”

  1. What a spectacular location, such fabulous views. They take the breath away and make dogs look kings and queens of all they survey! What an asset when you want to show a dog off in photos to a proud owner 🙂

    Shooting from above is a challenge. Because you have to do it without diminishing your subject and that I find so hard to do.

  2. We adore hiking with our dogs, but I’ve never had a chance to explore the Spokane trails. This definitely looks like somewhere that I would love to visit when the borders open back up again, allowing us to travel. We have been planning to do more road trips and vacations with the pups in the coming years.

  3. Jasmine adored hiking. That was her thing. We hiked many miles and many places. Cookie is ok with hiking but she considers it migrating in pursuit of prey. And if she can find enough things to hunt within a square yard, that’s all she needs. Every dog is different.

  4. What an amazing view! That’s so cool that such a pretty location is so close to you (speeding aside lol). Sadly we’re alllll the way over on the other side of the country, but we’ve been spending a lot of time exploring lots of beautiful hiking locations in our local area. I hope you and Bella have a great weekend!

  5. Your vistas are the best! I went trail exploring yesterday for future photo sessions, and I sure wish we had your views.

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