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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RT Distance 3.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 900 Feet
Activities Camping, Photography, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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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.

Fun day hike, gorgeous views + wildflowers

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

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.


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