Spokane: Kamiak Butte

This 3.5-mile dayhike loops a remarkable butte for scenic panoramas above the endless green hills of southeastern Washington.
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This 3.5-mile dayhike loops a remarkable butte for scenic panoramas above the endless green hills of southeastern Washington.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.6

Waypoints

KBT001

Location: 46.870288848877, -117.152900695801

From trailhead kiosk, swing SSW onto Pine Ridge Trail

KBT002

Location: 46.8669090270996, -117.159400939941

Wooden bench sits on N side of trail. Sweet views: The rolling green hillocks, though much smaller, evoke the verdant landscapes of Ireland. Continue climbing

KBT003

Location: 46.863639831543, -117.166297912598

Rounded summit of Steptoe Butte rises in N

KBT004

Location: 46.862979888916, -117.166603088379

Turn R for a short spur

KBT005

Location: 46.862190246582, -117.167198181152

Rutted trail lined with red, yellow, and white wildfl owers leads to the Kamiak Butte's quartzite summit

KBT006

Location: 46.8620910644531, -117.172897338867

Sign marks trail's end; backtrack to WPT 4

KBT007

Location: 46.8643989562988, -117.159202575684

More views into a green sea of wheat fields

KBT008

Location: 46.867748260498, -117.151000976562

Continue E. Odd fact: Kamiak had a ski slope in the 1950s that closed for lack of snow

KBT009

Location: 46.8678894042969, -117.149299621582

Trail ends @ park boundary; backtrack to WPT 8 and turn R (N)

KBT010

Location: 46.8685646057129, -117.152000427246

Trail switchbacks off Kamiak Butte. Note the taller trees on N slope compared to the barer, sunbleached S side. Return to trailhead