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Rose Creek Nature Preserve

Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains
46.8229, -117.2095 Map & Directions
1.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
60 feet
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Visit the Rose Creek Nature Preserve to see the fascinating native Palouse Prairie habitat. Photo by RichP. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Fall foliage

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Stroll though a remnant of Palouse prairie, wetland and steppe ecosystem. Continue reading

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Hiking Rose Creek Nature Preserve

This little hike outside of Pullman is one of the few remaining vestiges of native Palouse Prairie habitat which is one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth with only a fraction of 1 percent remaining in its natural state.

A trail winds along and over Rose Creek and onto the edge of wheat fields. This is no heart-pumping hike but a leisurely stroll though a unique bit of the Palouse. 

The area was designated a Natural National Landmark by The Park Service in recognition of its uniqueness and ecological value. The wetland section is an excellent place to spot wildlife and many types of birds that inhabit the area.

The preserve is at the foot of Smoot Hill outside of of Albion, location of the Hudson Biological Reserve, which is not open to the public and serves as a research area for WSU. 

As a short hike with minimal gain, it's ideal for introducing the wee ones to the natural world. 

Rose Creek Nature Preserve

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.8229, -117.2095 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

At the intersection of Grand and Stadium way take Grand/Highway 27 North 1.4 miles. Left on Pullman-Albion Road heading West 1.8 miles. Take a right on Banner Road (gravel) heading north for 3.6 miles. Take a left on the Palouse-Albion Road heading west for 1.9 miles take a right on Shawnee Road. At the Y intersection bear left and drive .1 miles to the small parking area on the right

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Eastern Washington > Palouse and Blue Mountains

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Rose Creek Nature Preserve

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