Cheney Spokane IAFI trip; lecture


The Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute is holding its annual spring hiking and field trip to the Lower Palouse Canyon to Palouse Falls Saturday, March 15. The hike runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is led by Lloyd Stoess and Gene Kiver

The hike is eight miles up the Palouse Canyon to Palouse Falls State Park. It emphasizes the Ice Age Floods story and local Native American and settlement history and follows a combination of established trails, game trails, and bush whacking. There are also some steep ascents and descents, so walking poles may be helpful. 

The hike is scheduled at this time of the year before rattlesnakes are out and about. The hike begins promptly at 9 a.m. at Lyons Ferry State Park Fish Hatchery and concludes at Palouse Falls State Park. Vehicles will shuttle hikers back to the Hatchery.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most difficult, this hike rates a 10. A hiker should be in good physical shape (i.e., be able to hike three miles without breaks). It is suggested that participants do some up and downhill hiking prior to the field trip. A hiker should not have serious heart or vertigo problems. 

Registration fees are $20 for IAFI members, $30 for non-members, and $10 for students and teachers. Detailed information, registration form and liability release form are available at, events tab. 

Tuesday, March 18, the IAFI is presenting a free public lecture at Spokane Community College, “Geologic Crossroads in Central Washington” by Nick Zentner, Central Washington University geology professor. This lecture is co-sponsored by the SCC Department of Science and is scheduled for SCC’s Lair Auditorium, Building No. 6, 1810 Greene St., and runs from 7-9 p.m.

Zentner will discuss Central Washington’s a crossroads for many important geologic forces: the Ice Age floods from the northeast, Columbia River basalts from the southeast, and Cascades ice, ash and mudflows from the west. Photos, maps, and short videos will be featured. 

Zentner CWU “Geology of Washington” course is popular both with college students and many local residents who attend classes for free. He is also host of the video programs “Central Rocks” and “2 Minute Geology.”

The Cheney Free Press and the Spokane Valley News Herald are also helping to sponsor the lecture. For more information on the lecture and hike contact Linda Long at or call 235-4251.


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