We've always wanted to check out the Ben Burr, but living on the Northside never made it over. Debbie and I were walking the dogs last week in the Perry Street district, and while overlooking Liberty Park we saw part of what we figured was the Ben Burr. So when I was in the area again last week, I did some exploring to experience the trail in its current gravel/dirt state.
|mostly walked my bike down this trail at the end of 5th|
to the Ben Burr
|the bridge over Altamont St.|
|saw a few other people that morning on the trail|
|a switchback off the main trail|
|down to Underhill Park|
|the trail ends at Hills Court|
I was struck once again how great it is to have these natural areas like this in the middle of or near Spokane. With my fondness for gravel and dirt, I liked the the trail as is. That's just my selfish perspective from someone who won't use it often. (Wait, will I be able to connect to Trader Joe's?) I'm afraid by removing some trees and vegetation and paving it, the trail will lose some of its charm. But I can see the perhaps greater value in paving and connecting the trail to downtown and points south.