This little hike outside of Pullman is one of the few remaining vestiges of native Palouse Prairie habitat which is one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth with only a fraction of 1 percent remaining in its natural state.
A trail winds along and over Rose Creek and onto the edge of wheat fields. This is no heart-pumping hike but a leisurely stroll though a unique bit of the Palouse.
The area was designated a Natural National Landmark by The Park Service in recognition of its uniqueness and ecological value. The wetland section is an excellent place to spot wildlife and many types of birds that inhabit the area.
The preserve is at the foot of Smoot Hill outside of of Albion, location of the Hudson Biological Reserve, which is not open to the public and serves as a research area for WSU.
As a short hike with minimal gain, it's ideal for introducing the wee ones to the natural world.