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View of rolling green hills of Palouse farmland from the summit from Kamiak Butte.

Hiking Kamiak Butte in Whitman County, Wash.

Kamiak Butte (3,641′ elevation) is the second tallest point in Whitman County and a designated National Natural Landmark. One of four county parks, the butte can have some of the earliest spring wildflowers in March and April, although early season visitors should also be prepared for potentially snowy and icy conditions in shady spots as well as higher on the trail system.

Topographic map of Mount Spokane State park.

Hike the Christmas Tree Loop

Mount Spokane’s Trail 110/140 Loop Those who frequent Washington State Parks are familiar with the way their trails follow a number system and any trail names are colloquial. However, follow this route with a GPS tracker, and you’ll clearly see the reason why I have begun to refer to this hike as the Christmas Tree Loop. Just like any Christmas …

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A forested mountainside during fall.

New California Creek Trail at Mica Peak

Spokane County, Wash. Construction of California Creek, the main singletrack trail at Mica Peak Conservation Area, just wrapped up at the end of July 2020 in spite of new complications placed on volunteer projects due to COVID-19. This project has been years in the making, and while the trail has been open and accessible to the public for most of the last year, …

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Even when you're hard at work, there's always time for a laugh on a work party. Photo: Jane Baker, Washington Trails Association

Volunteer Trail Work

When Washington moves into Phase 3, the Washington Trails Association will be adding additional day trip opportunities to support and give back to trails. For experienced backpackers, sign up for a strenuous backpack-style maintenance trip to Jackson Creek/Shedroof Divide in the Salmo Priest Wilderness on a portion of the Pacific Northwest Trail at the end of August.  For …

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Close-up of a large mountain reflecting off of a lake.

Hike to Leigh Lake in the Cabinet Mountains

Northwest Montana Located just south of Libby, Montana, Leigh Lake is nestled in the shadow of Snowshoe Peak, the tallest mountain in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. Experienced mountaineers sometimes use the Leigh Lake trail as a jumping-off point for the class four scramble to the summit of Snowshoe Peak, elevation 8,738 feet. The trail to the …

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