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Steptoe Butte State Park
Steptoe Butte State Park is a 150-acre, 3,612-foot-tall granite monument located approximately 7 miles south of the town of Oakesdale, about a mile off the Hume Road (See the Google map here). "Hawthorne brush abounds in the park, and were widely used by local Indians for the making of medicines, baskets and other essentials. Native Americans called the butte 'the power mountain.' It was believed that a journey to the butte bestowed a gift of power from the mountain's guardian spirit." The butte (and other nearby historic locations) is named after Colonel Edward Steptoe. You can read an interesting account of the battle of Steptoe titled "Steptoe's Revenge," by clicking here.

The park is open every day, year round for day use only.

  • Summer: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Winter: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In the winter, please drive carefully on the road to the park. The entrance may be covered with snow and ice.

The park offers restrooms, seven unsheltered picnic tables, and four braziers for cooking in a beautiful, tree-shaded setting at the base of the butte—all available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Some of the wildlife that is known to frequent Steptoe Butte include: chipmunks, squirrels, moose, coyotes, badgers, deer, elk, rabbits, birds of prey, pheasant, quail, partridge, woodpeckers, wrens and other song birds

Flora includes: Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Apple, Cherry, and Hawthorne trees along with an abundance of native shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers.

Some links pertaining to Steptoe Butte:

Washington State Parks: Steptoe Butte
Wikipedia.org: Steptoe Butte
Photos at Webshots.com

 

Steptoe Butte