Kamiak Butte County Park, Pullman

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Kamiak Butte County Park is located in Whitman County, Washington between the towns of Palouse and Pullman in Eastern Washington, near the border of Idaho. It is named after Chief Kamiakin of the Yakama tribe.Most of the park's consist of timberland on the northern slopes of Kamiak Butte. The mountain itself is an "island," consisting of Precambrian quartzite projecting approximately above the surrounding wheat fields. The reddish rocks once formed the bed of an ancient sea, and the grains of sand embedded in them can still be seen glittering in the sun. Later in its geological history, Kamiak Butte became part of a mountain range which was eventually nearly engulfed by the Cenozoic lava flows that covered most of Eastern Washington in a layer of basalt.The region's intensive wheat and lentil farming has made Kamiak Butte an important haven for indigenous plant and animal species. 170 plant species, 130 bird species, and 30 mammal species have been observed inside the park.For most visitors, the park's chief attraction is the Pine Ridge Trail, a 3.5mi loop which begins at a parking area and climbs through evergreen forestland to an exposed ridge. The trail continues along the ridge, affording spectacular views of the surrounding palouse country before dropping back into the forest. A short "summit spur" leads to the mountain's highest point - a rocky promontory on the west side with an elevation of. Camping is available all year, except during periods of drought, when it is often prohibited due to fire danger. Interpretive programs are offered in the spring and summer months; other amenities include an amphitheater, picnic tables, outdoor grills, covered shelters, restrooms, and a playground.
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  • The Pine Loop Trail was damp but not overly muddy until near the top. Coming back down the back side there are patches of snow and ice that are slick. There is room to navigate carefully along side. T...  more »
  • Steptoe Butte affords visitors the most spectacular unobstructed views of the undulating Palouse landscape. Repeat visits throughout the year reveal seasonal changes as fields of various dry land crop...  more »
  • Good place for hiking. It was a hot day, but in the shade was no problem. The view over the Palouse is great!  more »
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  • Nice place to go for an easy day (afternoon) hike. Basically anyone can go along the trail and it was a great day for our group.
  • Great park. Shady, and always very quiet. Lots of picnic tables.
  • I grew up in the shadow of Kamiak Butte and I always love the hike to the top. A great, quiet, peaceful place to get a view of the Palouse.
  • A beautiful day at Kamiak Butte. The park recommends that you use a golf club to pick up after you dog.
  • Beautiful hike in the winter. Bring a sled, and slide down!
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