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By Reid Thompson
Gazette Reporter 

Take a hike on the Colfax Trail

This week's Wilds of Whitman County outdoor section highlights an outdoor trail not far from Colfax's downtown


August 18, 2022

Reid Thompson | The Gazette

The Colfax Trail offers urban hikers an easy, riverside trek near downtown.

COLFAX – Less than a mile northwest of Colfax's downtown, hikers looking for an easy excursion will find the Colfax Trail.

The trail hugs the southern bank of the Palouse River for 2.5 miles, winding beneath the shade of basalt cliffs and towering pines laden with wildlife.

The trail's mostly graveled surface runs along a former Spokane & Inland Empire railroad grade abandoned in the 1960's, giving the path a very level surface with almost no changes in elevation.

Hikers, travelers and visitors can all access the trail via West River Drive off of State Route 26.


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