Location: Rural, Hwy 27 north.
11 miles N. of Pullman, take Hwy 27 north, turn left on Clear Creek Road. Continue west to Fugate Road. Turn Left into Park.
Alternate directions: From Palouse travel South on WA-27. Turn right onto Clear Creek Road then continue onto Fugate Road. Turn left onto Kamiak Butte Park Road and continue one mile into the park. There is a large parking area near bathrooms and a picnic pavilion.
Trail treks through woods and dense underbrush. On reaching the vista the trees thin exposing the south side of the Butte and native bench grasses bordered by fields. The trail traverses the ridge with views and loops back down through dense woods.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 2,900
Elevation High Point: 3,600
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 1,040 feet
Year Designated: 1980
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: Whitman County - trail information
Website: Wash. Trails Assoc. - Trail information
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Whitman Co. Parks & Recreation Dept.
310 N. Main St.
Colfax, WA 99111
Fantastic views of the Palouse
The Pine Ridge Trail starts out in the dense trees. Climbing your way to the top along the southern side of the butte, you stay in the trees for the whole climb up. Once you reach the top, the trail meanders slightly downhill along the ridge and you get to experience the northern side of the butte, which is completely different from the south in that it has very few trees and is more reminiscent of the iconic Palouse hills. If you go in the spring, the southern side is teeming with wildflowers. As you make your way along the ridge, you are treated to sweeping views of the Palouse. The way back down to the parking lot contains moderately steep switchbacks back through the forest.
June 13, 2018
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