Alert! There is no provision for equestrian trailer parking at this time. Please visit other suitable conservation areas such as Slavin or Antoine Peak conservation areas.
Hauser Conservation Area (Swank)
Hauser Conservation Area consists of 171 acres of recovering Ponderosa Pine forest with mixed fir forest on the north-facing slopes. Adjacent to 640 acres of Department of Natural Resources (DNR) land, this acquisition helps preserve a contiguous stretch of habitat in an area that is being fragmented increasingly by development. Hauser was purchased in 2009 for $861,000, preserving million dollar views of Hauser Lake for future generations.
While traversing the property, two shaping events may become evident: homesteading and fire. The property was originally homesteaded in 1901 by William and Minnie Rose, who raised livestock and grew alfalfa. The foundations of the original homestead can be seen on the south end of the property.
In 1991, a wildfire burned through the area in and around Hauser Lookout Conservation Area. Part of “Firestorm ‘91”, the “Homestead” fire burned 287 acres in the area and destroyed two homes. While this fire dramatically altered the landscape of the conservation area, the land has since recovered naturally and through the planting of Ponderosa Pine seedlings as part of a carbon sequestration program.
- Wildlife observation
- Nature trails
- Cross-country skiing
- Snow Shoeing
- Dogs can be disruptive to wildlife and must be kept on a leash at all times while in the conservation area.
- Motorized vehicles are not permitted in the conservation area.
- Hunting and/or shooting are not permitted at any time in the conservation area.
- No campfires are permitted in the conservation area.
Special attractions at Antoine Peak Conservation Area include:
- Medium difficulty hiking trails
- Scenic vistas overlooking Spokane Valley, Hauser Lake, and Mount Spokane State Park
- Forest fire recovery
- Wildflowers in the Spring
- Winter recreation
- Osprey and other raptors