The Palouse region is known for its rolling hills and wheat fields stretching as far as the eye can see. Amidst all of this relative flatness is something a little different. What looks like an island of rock jutting out from the rest of the hills of the Palouse. That island of rock is Kamiak Butte, which stands 3,641 feet tall, making it the second highest point in Whitman County. The Pine Ridge Loop, a 3.5 mile trail on the butte, offers one of the best hiking experiences around.
Near the beginning of the trail, it may seem more like a hike through trails around the Cascades, with forests, lush carpets of moss and brilliant flowers. Before reaching the summit, it becomes more like a desert region similar to the rest of the Palouse area. After walking through all of the beautiful and diverse scenery, you will be provided with some of the most brilliant views of the Palouse with hundreds of miles of rolling hills stretching out as far as the eye can see.
Kamiak Butte is a national natural landmark for a reason and offers some of the most spectacular hiking experiences around. It is definitely worth checking out.
Amidst the flat backdrop of the Palouse, Moscow Mountain towers at 4,700 feet and is the highest peak in the Palouse region.
It offers some of the best hiking spots in the area. Unlike many other hiking locations, Moscow Mountain does not have specific hiking trails. Rather, it offers an opportunity to explore on foot. There are countless bike trails for the cycling enthusiast, and these trails are usually open to hikers as well. There is also a dedicated community of trail builders for the mountain.
Reporting by Kevin Vallene