With back-to-school and Labor Day approaching, some students have already started wondering how they’ll keep busy over the long weekend that runs from September 3-5.
Gonzaga University’s location in Spokane offers students a collection of outdoor activities to explore.
A popular spot is the trails that lead from the GU campus to downtown Spokane, known as the Spokane River Walk trail. This trail is about two miles long and takes an average of 37 minutes. It is also suitable for dogs, wheelchairs and pushchairs, with a good mix of shade and sun.
“I like going on nearby trails, especially ones with waterfalls or a river nearby,” said sophomore Maricia Hernandez, who enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and hiking. yachting.
Hernandez described the River Walk Trail as a great way to spend time with friends and family and create fun and exciting memories.
According to the “AllTrails” website, a popular trail that many hike or bike is Doomsday Hill to Mission Park. It offers different views of the river and is about a 16 km hike that takes about 3 hours and 20 minutes. This is also a dog friendly trail as long as they are on a leash.
Another well-known place that many students visit, especially during the summer, is the Riverside State Park Bowl & Pitcher. This park is a 2.1 mile hike with many different views of nature and the surrounding city. You can start by crossing the swing bridge at the Bowl and Pitcher. Crossing the bridge, you can see a large basalt structure emerging from the river.
“I really like going to Bowl & Pitcher State Park and going swimming with all my friends,” sophomore Connor Robitaille said. “Although the water is very cold, so be prepared.”
For students who have access to transportation or their own vehicles, Hernandez recommends exploring areas outside of Spokane.
“Enjoy the nature around you,” Hernandez said.
Many students have visited Lake Coeur d’Alene, located in Idaho. It is the second largest lake in northern Idaho. Over 26 miles long, the lake has over 135 miles of shoreline which is dotted with parks, campgrounds, beaches, hiking trails and recreational facilities. The Coeur d’Alene River and the St. Joe River are the two main rivers that feed into the lake, and the Spokane River is formed by the outlet of the lake.
They also have the fun “Coeur d’Alene Scavenger Hunt: Lovin’ the Lake Life!” Visitors can walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answer trivia questions, and complete challenges. They are offered daily for $12 per person and each participant chooses an interactive role, with varying difficulty.
The Downtown Spokane Pavilion hosts many different outdoor events for students and community members. The pavilion is an outdoor venue with multi-level landscaping, a 40-foot-tall deck with panoramic views of the Spokane skyline and the Spokane River, and LED lights that transform the area into a kaleidoscope of hues and patterns at night. It is also used for a range of events including a concert series, cultural activities, center court Hoopfest, GU basketball nights and more.
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