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Steptoe Butte is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Steptoe, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 6.4 mi Elevation gain 925 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Walking Bird watching Views Wild flowers
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Getting There

Steptoe Butte offers views of the colorful Palouse Hills in the southeastern wheat region of Washington. A road spirals around this tallest point in the region all the way to the top of the butte, giving you a 360° degree view of the Palouse making it a popular photo destination.

From US 195: Six miles north of Colfax, turn east on Scholz Rd in the town of Steptoe. After 2 miles turn left onto Mc Croskey Rd which turns into Hume Rd. Follow Humes Rd 4 miles to the Steptoe Butte State park Rd entrance on the left.

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Marni Anderson
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Not a hike but a road. Drove to the top. The 360° view is amazing. Well worth the stop. Very neat!

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David Wang
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Hiking

Trail is mainly for Palouse rolling hills view. Pretty good in that regard. no hiking.

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Angela Ripley Nelson
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Not a hike. I guess you could walk, but it's just a road. Gorgeous views though---when you see a beautiful photo of the rolling farmland of the palouse, this is where it was taken.

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Mark Boyer
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Hiking

it's a road, no trails. nice views

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Victoria Winn
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Walking

Paved road up the hill. There are no hiking trails. Amazing views.

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Lilly Nizer
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This isn’t a hike, but a drive. You can park the car at the bottom and walk up the road, but it doesn’t feel like a hike at all! The view is beautiful, which is a plus.

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MC Hiker
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You can drive all the way to a parking lot at the top. Also a few parking spots at the bottom if you want to walk alongside the road to the top. Nice shadows in the hills at sunrise when I was there. It's a state park so Discover Pass.

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Joseph Schofield
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Darrin Friberg
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Vitaliy Pogoriliy
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Terry Willson
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Will Garland
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Vickie Huang
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John Young
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Christian Wingle
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Nicole Delacruz
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Katelyn Foutch
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Debbie Herlocker
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Kalen Kochan
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Jon Dowling
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Louis James
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Scenic driving
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Craig Lemon
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