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Field Springs State Park - Puffer Butte

Eastern Washington

Location

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains
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Length

4.4 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 4500 ft.

Rating

4.25 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass, Sno-Parks Permit
 
 

Nestled in the far, far southeast corner of Washington State, Puffer Butte is a year-round favorite, and the jewel of the Fields Spring State Park -- a beautiful part of the state park system here.

Puffer Butte is the high point in Fields Spring State park, where you can see incredible vistas of the Wallowa Mountains. Dusted with snow in the winter or dotted with flowers in summer, you'll take in these views with very little sweat expended.

Starting from the parking lot, look for a somewhat brushy trail signed for Puffer Butte. Set out on this trail, which intersects several other old roads and trails. Stick to it though -- grand views await you at the end of your upward trek. And, after all, it's only a mile long.

In summer, the views and flattish summit are a nice relaxing way to spend a couple hours. But if you're snowshoeing (or just visiting in the chilly season), a warming hut on the edge of the forest near the summit offers a spectacular view south, down toward the canyon of the Grande Ronde. Behind it, the Wallowas in Oregon roll away, like folds in the earth. Dusted with snow, they complete a breathtaking vista.

The adventurous can continue heading south from the summit on a fainter path to a point signed "Puffer". Different from Puffer Butte, this point offers an even better view of the area around you.

 

Field Springs State Park - Puffer Butte

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 46.0801, -117.1685 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Eastern Washington -- Palouse and Blue Mountains

Washington State Parks

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Getting There

From Clarkston, head southwest on Diagonal St toward 6th St. Turn left onto WA-129 S/6th St and stay on this road for 5.9 miles. Turn right onto WA-129 S/Washington St and stay here for 22.9 miles. Veer left off the main road onto Park Road, and continue for a half mile. Turn right to enter the park proper. Turn left at the bulletin board to enter the parking lot or stay straight to go to the park office.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass, Sno-Parks Permit
 

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Field Springs State Park - Puffer Butte

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