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- Hiking/ Mountain Biking
There are just enough trails to keep the weekend recreator busy. Outdoor enthusiasts are treated to dense forest sections that open up to magnificent vistas. Rivers have worked their magic in this region, carving the landscape for as far as the eye can see. With three miles of hiking trails and seven miles of biking trails, you'll have plenty of energy left to star gaze. Additionally, Puffer Butte Viewpoint is a must see no matter the season. Check out the Fields Spring State Park brochure for more information.
Lodging options include 20 tent and/ or RV campsites, two teepees, two lodges, and one cabin. Reservations are accepted online at the Washington State Parks website. While this isn't the most secluded campground in our area, there is still plenty of room to thoughtfully share the park.
- Cross Country Skiing/ Snowshoeing/ Sledding
Ditch the bike, and grab a set of ski poles. The hiking and biking trails convert to snow trails in the winter. The warming shelters help lure winter adventurers outside as the promise of toasty breaks make a brisk outing manageable. A sledding/ tubing hill is also on site, but, remember, what goes down must walk back up!
How To Get There
From Walla Walla, take HWY 12 east for 98 miles to the town of Clarkston, WA. Turn right on 6th Street/ HWY 129 and travel south along the Snake River for six miles to the town of Asotin, WA. Turn right on Washington Street/ HWY 129. Drive another 23 miles to the park entrance on your left.
When To Go
Fields Spring State Park is one of the few places that truly lives up to year-round fun. The changing seasons bring new recreational opportunities. Don't forget that just down the hill following Rattlesnake Grade, which is its own attraction, the Grande Ronde River fulfills a number water sport dreams. Find a swimming hole, cast a line (with a fishing license, of course), or travel up the Grande Ronde Road and shuttle a raft or kayak. Check out Boggan’s Oasis for more information on their shuttle service, fishing, milkshakes, and more!
What To Expect
Fields Spring State Park will keep all ages entertained, from a quick day trip or, if lucky, longer. Multi-use trails, playgrounds, the Grand Ronde River just a short, entertaining drive away, and views from the Puffer Butte Viewpoint are just a few options on a long list of possibilities. The entire park is enveloped by the forest, providing just enough privacy for each campsite. If the goal is to escape the daily grind, this is a great place to get away. Don't forget, some sweet small towns serve as the gateway to Fields Spring State Park, so adding a day or two to explore a new place makes for a dynamic trip.
Fees vary based on type of campsite and time of year. Expect roughly $27 to $37 per night for non hookup sites and $40 to $50 per night for full hookup sites during the busy season of May 15 through September 15. In the off season (April 1 through May 14/ September 16 through October 31) fees are $20 to $30 per night for non hookup sites and $30 to $40 for full hookup sites.
A Discover Pass is required for the day use area. A Washington Sno-Park Permits is required November 15 to April 30. These permits are available for purchase online at the Washington State Parks website or visit your local Forest Service office.
For a complete list of rules, please view the state park website.
There are two kitchen shelters, 35 picnic tables, ADA restroom, amphitheater, softball field, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, playground, RV dump station, and showers located on the premises. The park is a nice size, so be prepared to walk short distances between amenities.
We are all so fortunate to recreate in the Blue Mountains. So many opportunities exist to play outside whether in a national forest, wilderness area, on a Wild and Scenic River, and more! With these opportunities comes great responsibility to appreciate that we are mere visitors and should all take pride in being good stewards of the wild. Many animals call these protected places home, including moose, elk, bear, cougar, bobcat, and snakes to name a few. Take precautions to respect their home and understand the appropriate response should an encounter occur. Additionally, many plant species thrive in the Blue Mountains, so staying on trail is always good practice. Carry First Aid supplies to better respond to accidents or encounters, and always let others know where the day's adventure is taking you.
Navigation: Consider downloading the Avenza Map app. This app allows users to upload three maps (or unlimited with a subscription) to use offline. It can track your location offline and overlay GPS data from the phone onto the map. The vehicle use maps (for trails allowing motorized vehicles) are the easiest to use. Otherwise, Geo Tracker offers similar tracking capabilities and additional details about your adventure. If no service, Geo Tracker will at least show your location. The Blue Mountains and surrounding area offer a remote recreating experience, and knowing your location is paramount to staying safe. Always make sure to bring paper maps. Tell others where your adventure is taking you and when you expect to return.
Difficulty Level: Here is what we are thinking when we assign a difficulty level: Day Tripper--You don't have much experience in the area but want to get outside! Great for families of all ages. Adventurer--You know your way around the Blue Mountains and love a leisurely day outdoors. Mountaineer--You are ready for a challenge. Wild places excite you and sweat is the goal. Small children beware. Keep in mind some activities may apply to multiple difficulty levels based on usage.
Pets: In general, pets are allowed on a leash and under control throughout jurisdictions. The only restrictions we have encountered are around swimming areas. As a best practice, be mindful of riparian habitat in general. You never know where a precious spawning area might be located. Pack it in and pack it out applies to your furry friend as well.