Plants and Wildlife on the Bluff

The Bluff is populated by a wide variety of plants (both native and invasive) and animals of all sizes who live there year-round or pass through on their way from the mountain forests of Idaho to Riverside State Park and beyond.

Coyotes have had dens in the area for several years. Give them a wide berth in the spring, especially if you hike with dogs.

Click here to download a brochure on co-existing with coyotes

Emblem of the Friends

Arrowleaf balsamroot (Balsamorhiza sagittata) are spectacular on the Bluff during April. The Friends of the Bluff adopted this plant as the emblem of the group. Learn more about uses for this amazing plant!


Deer live on the Bluff all year

Porcupine and Skunk

Porcupine (pictured) and Skunk live year-round in the area.

Down by your feet...

Western Skink are harmless if left alone.


Moose are seasonal residents of the Bluff and are seen most frequently in the fall, winter, and early spring.

Ancient Guardians

These trees, and many others on the Bluff, are over 300 years old!


It is likely that this track was left by a cougar(mountain lion) moving through the area..

Beaver dam below the Bluff

While beavers were villianized for many years, research has shown that beaver workings provide many benefits to watersheds and the plant and animal communities within them.

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dedicated to the stewardship of Spokane's High Drive Bluff Park. 

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