Hiking & Walking
You'll find plenty of opportunities to get out and explore hiking and walking trails in and around Pullman. Weave your way to the top of buttes and see panoramic views of the Palouse, stroll through old growth forests or explore town.
Whether you are a first-time visitor or a long-term resident, you're invited to take a leisurely stroll through and around the downtown core of Pullman. Explore a handful of sites that offer an excellent cross-section of Pullman history. In this approximately two-hour stroll, you will encounter buildings and landscapes that illustrate important moments in the history of Pullman and the region-- from the commercial expansion of downtown in the early twentieth century, to agricultural symbols of the fertile surroundings of the Palouse, to the Pullman flood of 1910.
Rising 3,641 feet high, Kamiak Butte offers visitors shaded picnic areas, four large shelters, a playground facility, a campground, and a breathtaking panoramic view of the Palouse. The butte has five miles of trails and is open from dawn to dusk. Kamiak Butte is recognized as a National Natural Landmark and its 3.5-mile Pine Ridge Trail is part of the National Trails System. Keep your eyes open as the park plays host to over 150 bird, mammal, and vegetation species. Pack a lunch and spend the day hiking trails or utilizing the day-use area!
From Pullman: Take State Highway 27 North 11 miles. Turn left on Clear Creek Road for .5 mile. Turn left on Fugate Road. Travel half a mile to Kamiak Butte County Park Road to the park entrance on the left.
Nestled in a forested canyon in the beautiful Union Flat area, this 59-acre park is ideal for families, large groups, and picnics. Here you'll find hiking trails, a playground, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits. This park is open from 7:00am to dusk, daily.
From Pullman: Travel 10 miles north on Highway 195 (Pullman-Colfax Highway). Klemgard County Park is well marked with a Department of Transportation brown picnic, trail and tree sign. Turn left on Hamilton Hill Road and drive 2.5 miles to the bottom of the canyon flat. Turn west (right) on Union Flat Road and travel 1 mile to the entrance of the park.
This conservatory is located just northeast of Moscow and offers idyllic woods adjacent to Palouse farmland. You can also cross over the road and hike the trails beyond the creek.
Just a short drive from Moscow, take Mountain View Road north then turn east on Idler's Rest Road. Watch for signs.
This 5,300-acre ridgeline park is dedicated to pioneer women. McCroskey State Park's highlight is an 18-mile skyline drive through the park on unpaved roads providing spectacular views of the rolling Palouse country and access to 32 miles of multi-purpose trails.
High above the Palouse Hills on the eastern edge of Washington, Steptoe Butte offers unparalleled views of a truly unique landscape. The warm quartzite bluff stands out against soft hills of green and mauve, an occasional barn dotting the landscape. Colors seem to shift
and change in the light. The butte contains some of the oldest rock in the Pacific Northwest, and it marks the border of the original North American Continent. Steptoe has, over time, been a wagon road, a hotel site and an observatory location. In addition to inspiring vistas, the 3,612-foot summit displays several interpretive panels that pay homage to its distinctive geology. This day-use park is a must-visit on a leisurely drive through eastern Washington. A Discover Pass is required.