Puffer Butte Trail

Anatone, Washington

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Washington’s southeast corner offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the entire state. This lightly visited area is a land of high plateaus, deep canyons, forested hills, and sweeping views that will mesmerize you and your best friend. Puffer Butte in Fields Spring State Park makes for a great introduction to this remote region. This hike is short but the rewards are grand. If you desire an extension, the park also contains miles of forested track used primarily for winter skiing, which also make for nice walking paths. Consider spending the night here. Fields Spring offers peaceful camping under a cool canopy of pine and fir. The Puffer Butte Trail takes off right from the campground. Puffer Butte sits at the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, an area known for some of the best elk habitat in the state. During the fall hunting season, Fields Spring offers you, your dog and the resident elk a safe haven from the flurry of activity in neighboring public lands.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest

by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

Washington’s southeast corner offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the entire state. This lightly visited area is a land of high plateaus, deep canyons, forested hills, and sweeping views that will mesmerize you and your best friend. Puffer Butte in Fields Spring State Park makes for a great introduction to this remote region.

This hike is short but the rewards are grand. If you desire an extension, the park also contains miles of forested track used primarily for winter skiing, which also make for nice walking paths. Consider spending the night here. Fields Spring offers peaceful camping under a cool canopy of pine and fir. The Puffer Butte Trail takes off right from the campground. Puffer Butte sits at the eastern edge of the Blue Mountains, an area known for some of the best elk habitat in the state. During the fall hunting season, Fields Spring offers you, your dog and the resident elk a safe haven from the flurry of activity in neighboring public lands.

©  Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Anatone
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best April to November
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Fields Spring
Driving Directions: Directions to Puffer Butte Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/12/2010
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The trailhead starts just outside of the amazing Puffer Butte Lodge (at least, that's where I started). It looked to me like it's a place for summer camps or the Boy Scouts maybe. From there it winds through some gorgeous forest and up some moderate hills, through a small, sparsely treed meadow, and finally breaks free from the forest at the top of a desert butte. It's really a neat transition between landscapes that seem so opposite. At the top of the butte is the Puffer Butte warming lodge, where snowshoers can get out of the weather and camp inside for the night. There's a wood burning stove inside, and just outside there are bathroom facilities as well. It's a serious lodge too, concrete foundations, bolted support posts and everything. At this point I learned there are a lot more trails one could potentially hike on at this time of year. From here I followed the signs that said 'campground' and headed back down through some more gorgeous forest. Did I mention the trails are well marked and well maintained? Eventually you get down to a fork in the trail where you can continue to the campground or go back to the Puffer Butte Lodge. Also quite a bit of wildlife on this trail. At one point, I was sitting on one of the many benches along the trail, where you can stop to admire the scenery, and saw 3 hawks flying overhead in sort of a triangular patrol pattern, looking for prey I suppose. Also saw several deer on the trail near the lodge, and then again on the road heading out. All in all, it's a great hike. Scenery is beautiful, trail isn't too hard, lots of wildlife, it's well maintained and marked, and it can be relatively short if you're not feeling like a strenuous outing.



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