If you live in the fur-iendly state of Washington, you probably know that there are some furtastic nature trails no matter which part of the state you are in. But, if you are in the Kamiak Butte County area, the 2.6-mile Pine Ridge Trail will give you and your four-legged family member the chance to explore the forested slopes of the Ponderosa Pine and Douglas Fir-lined path.
This partially paved trail meanders along the ridgeline of the Kamiak Butte. Even in the summer when it can reach the high 90s, the forested area will provide enough shade to keep you and Fido cool, but you should bring some water along as there is none available along the path. The only restrooms are at the beginning of the trail at the day-use area. The beginning of the trail, at the height of just over 3,600 feet, gives you a gorgeous view of the surrounding area where you can see for miles on a clear day, and you may even be able to catch a glimpse of the boats on the Puget Sound.
At about the one-mile mark, you will see the Kamiak Butte County Park Campground, where you should follow the left turn of the trail to continue on the path to your starting point. There are signs along the way letting you know when you are passing a path that can lead you somewhere else, so pay attention to these, and you will not have any problems finding your way back to the trailhead at Kamiak Butte. You will also see the Goodhope Pond along the upper half of the trail where you and Fido will likely come across wildlife such as frogs, turtles, and many species of waterfowl.
On your way back to the trailhead, there are many scenic spots of hillsides with bursts of color from all the different wildflowers and other foliage in the park. This is a one-of-a-kind path that will be sure to encourage you to come back again and again.