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Steptoe Butte

This 20-mile side trip takes you up a dramatically beautiful granite and basalt hill that affords a vast view of the Palouse.

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This is the highest point between Mica Peak, southeast of Spokane, and the Blue Mountains. This pyramid-shaped mass, topped by an almost solid expanse of granite and basaltic rock, is without trees or shrubs, except for a few wild cherry and serviceberry bushes on its northern slope. The lower slopes are grass-covered and sprinkled with flowers in spring and early summer. Near the summit the grass is stunted and only...

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