Visit Kamiak Butte Park

Washington Kamiak Butte County Park

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This incredible county park has stunning views of the surrounding Palouse farmland as well as an amazing forest of towering evergreens.

Formerly a Washington State Park, Kamiak Butte County Park is a hidden treasure on the eastern border of the state. An "ecological island" rising more than 800 ft from the surrounding hills of Palouse, the butte is home to a high country desert on its southern side and a lush forest on its shaded northern side.  

The park features a 3.5 mile loop trail that takes you to the summit of the butte with panoramic views to the south. A short walk to the northern border of the forest reveals more incredible views of the town of Palouse and surrounding farmland. The park has a large picnic area, a small playground, and a 7 site rustic campground.

The gated park is open from 7:00 am to dusk (if you're camping that means you can't leave until 7am) and during the height of fire season,the park may be closed to visitor usage. More park info here: Kamiak Butte County Park

Pack List

  • Tent & Tarp
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Camp Chairs
  • Firewood
  • Stove & Cookware
  • Food & Water
  • Camera, Lens, & Tripod
  • Batteries & Memory Card
  • Warm Layers
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Cash or check for camping fees
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Activities:

Camping, Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

3.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

900 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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7 months ago

Close to Campus

A nice little stroll when you just want to get off of campus (Washington State University) and see some gorgeous views of the Palouse. A nice place for students to go to but never too busy either! I would always being a hammock to the top and get some studying done while I was there.

7 months ago

11 months ago

Fun day hike, gorgeous views + wildflowers

Beautiful Castilleja and other wildflowers at the top when I went at the beginning of June!

11 months ago

12 months ago

Beautiful!

Not the most exciting of trails but absolutely a great hike for the afternoon. Quite a few places to camp/set up a picnic as well. Is quick enough to do in a few hours of you go quick. Around sunset is the best time.

12 months ago

Added by Jason Hatfield

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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