Pullman, Washington, and the surrounding area has been blessed with some serious natural beauty. While there’s plenty of fun to be had downtown and around campus, if you just wanted to bum around a concrete jungle, you wouldn’t have chosen Washington State University. So for those of you who can’t wait to get back to the great outdoors, evolve on Main recommends these places to experience springtime in Pullman.
Kamiak Butte County Park
Located between Palouse and Pullman, Kamiak Butte County Park is a popular weekend destination and features picnic areas, campfire pits, grills, and even an amphitheatre. The reason it’s on the top of this list is because of what’s at the top of Kamiak Butte. A 3.5 mile hike on the Pine Ridge Trail will lead you to the highest elevation of the park (3,641 feet), giving you a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire Palouse region. It’s an intermediate hike up and the view is more than worth it.
Bill Chipman Palouse Trail
For some incredible scenery as you’re jogging, walking, or biking, Bill Chipman Palouse Trail is the spot for you. This 7-mile-long paved trail straddles the Washington/Idaho state line, crossing Paradise Creek several times via converted railroad bridges. The trail features gorgeous views of lush green vistas, rolling hills, and mountain ranges. Fun fact: this trail was originally a Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way connecting rural university towns in the area. In its current form you can walk the trail from WSU to the University of Idaho campus.
Wawawai County Park
One of the many nature perks of living in Pullman is it’s proximity to a variety of beautiful lakes, rivers and creeks. Wawawai County Park is 49 acres of land located in the Snake River Canyon. The park is a popular recreational destination with campsites and picnic areas scattered throughout. Nearby Wawawai Bay is a great spot for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing. And you can enjoy it all while surrounded by views of the massive Snake River on one side and the lush green landscape of Wawawai Park on the other.
When you’re not out and about enjoying nature, Pullman offers all kinds of activities and entertainment. Take a look at the evolve on Main Neighborhood page to learn more and check our other blog posts for more insider information and recommendations.