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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  • Amazing 360 degree views of the Palouse Hills and the surrounding area! A wonderful walking path the goes all the way to the summit.  more »
  • This trail is gorgeous and lush. I took the entire loop and wasn't disappointed. Not only is there a great hike but also great primitive camping.  more »
  • This is a wonderful hike during much of the year. You can climb the first section and enjoy the vista across the Palouse. It is especially lovely in the spring when the wild flowers bloom. The trail c...  more »
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  • Good hike , not strenuous unless you pick one of the primitive trails. The views all around on a clear day are worth the effort.
  • Nicely kept facilities, picnic shelter and camping. Mostly shaded hike to the top that has some switchbacks on the loop up but is mostly straight and shaded coming back. Great views.
  • Very nice Oasis of trees and shade in the Palouse. Beautiful place for a day picnic. They have a small number of very tight camp sites not suitable for trailers or large RV.
  • Took us 2 hours to walk this trail. A harder walk than I was expecting. Made our legs pretty rubbery. Lol. Only saw 3 birds on our trip.
  • A small trek for beginners with a beautiful view of Pullman. Be sure to go when there is no fog over Pullman and you will enjoy the trail. Saw a lot of people on the way but no visitor centre or any kind of guide. Just a small roughly drawn map at the start.
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