Returning from camping at a Powwow in Pullman,Washington, I see the sign for the turnoff to Step-toe Butte. I have seen it hundreds of times in my 60 plus years off in the distance, yet never ventured to it's top. Today is different. I make the turn.
While putting together this post I realize all of my pictures are of Steptoe Butte looking out (down). So I found this web picture of what it looks like from the highway. Just thought you might want a peek
Step-toe Butte is a 150-acre, 3,612-foot-tall natural thimble-shaped, quartzite butte about 45 miles from Spokane, Washington. It looms in bald grandeur over the prevailing flat, rolling farmland. The park is famous for its stark, dramatic beauty and the panoramic view it provides of surrounding farmlands, the Blue Mountains, and other neighboring ranges and peaks. A narrow road winds around and around the butte. Just before you get to the top you come to an outcropping of towers. A testament to modern technology. The only sign of habitation of humans on Step-toe Butte.
Then, finally you are on top of the butte. The views are breathtaking. It's a 360 degree view.
The area around Steptoe Butte was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years. 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.