As Friends of the Bluff, we are stewards of Spokane’s High Drive Bluff Park. Through volunteer efforts, community partnerships, and education, we conserve the area in a natural, sustainable state for multiple users who respect the resource, each other, and wildlife.
Who Are We?
The current Bluff users are passionate about the area for the measure of nature, solitude, and proximity it provides. The Friends of the Bluff work to conserve these positive elements while counteracting the negative impacts of human use on the Bluff.
The City of Spokane is the landowner and holds the ultimate responsibility for the park. With limited resources to manage the area, the City has welcomed the partnership and volunteer effort offered by the Friends of the Bluff group.
What Can You Do?
Our Board of Directors
Trevor Finchamp moved to Spokane in 2015 but didn't discover the bluff for several years despite it being less than a mile down the road from his home. He began using it regularly for trail running and eventually joined the board in 2019 after attending a few FOB events.
In his day job, Trevor works as a Videographer and Public Relations consultant, but he has been passionate about wildlife and the outdoors throughout his entire life.
A displaced Texan turned Spokanite, moved to the South Hill in 2014. She ended up living 4 blocks from the Bluff and fell in love with it immediately. "Whether I need a walk or a run, a short nature respite, or a place to exercise the pups so they don’t drive me crazy, the bluff has always delivered."
Julie joined the board shortly after the illegal road was bulldozed in 2017 just below her access.
Emma joined the Bluff Board in January 2020 to organize educational walks on the Bluff. She has a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and works for the youth development nonprofit, Camp Fire Inland Northwest, as the Program Coordinator and Camp Dart-Lo Director. She has many years' experience creating and leading outdoor education lessons and coordinating volunteers and events for families and youth. Her favorite activities on the Bluff are walking her puppy and brushing up on her knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Emma is excited to connect the community with nature through the Bluff Walks program!
Fire Suppression Lead
Phil Larkin has been a Spokane resident since 2015 and grew up in Central Washington. His interest in the bluff stems from his desire to reduce fire risk and love for open space.
Marketing & Outreach
Dee moved to Spokane in 2015 and grew up in SMALL town Iowa.
She joined the Board in January of 2020 after participating in a tree planting event in 2019 with Trevor. She shares her graphic design talents with Friends of the Bluff through web design, promotional design, and social media management.
A passionate advocate for all things science and bike who knows the high drive trail system slightly better than the subsurface geology of Spokane. Living in Spokane (less than ¼ mile to a bluff trailhead) and teaching geology at EWU #goeags since 2012 the Inland northwest is now home, and provides athletic and professional challenges. I have consulted on the ice age themed downtown playground and given public talks at REI on the geology of your vacation. Check the Strava for Bluffman and epic local rides. I'm looking forward to driving Bluff rides in 2021, join us for fun tours of the Bluff on two wheels.
Member at Large
Rebecca and her family have enjoyed hiking and mountain biking The Bluff for nearly 20 years. Spokane takes great pride in its parks and Rebecca is honored to join the board toward the preservation of The Bluff as a wildlife corridor, for its scenic views, and recreation amongst nature rare within city limits.
When not in hiking boots, Rebecca and her husband are long-time small business owners and active supporters of the Spokane community.
John Pollack has been a user of the bluff and neighboring wild areas since his childhood. He designs and builds everything from furniture to car parts. When not wandering on the bluff can be found rock climbing, bicycling, and trying to fix old cars.