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"State Park Huge Rocks Sticking Out of the Ground" Peshastin Pinnacles State Park by glabah

NOTE: As of July 1, 2011, a day use fee has been implemented at many Washington State parks. This fee is $10 per day, or a $30 fee for a year pass. There is a $5 fee in addition to the annual pass fee if purchased at one of the many resellers. Please see my Discover Pass tip for a little more about this. For a bit more about Washington State parks in general, please see my Washington State Parks tip.

While the name of this State Park indicates that it is close to the town of Peshastin it is actually slightly closer to the community of Cashmere. From US Highway 2 there are signs leading to the park, but they are quite small - you can see one in the above photo, just left of the power pole.

The state park preserves a series of rock pillars that may not look like much from US Highway 2, but when you get close to them are very impressive. Small stone arches, holes through the rocks, and various other formations make these an eccentric addition to the landscape in the region, as most rock formations in the area lack such intricate features.

The trails climb very steeply into the hills around the rock formations, and from them it is possible to get a good view of the surrounding countryside and hills.

The park has a gravel parking area, a grass picnic area, a set of pit toilets (no running water here!) and trails that go up into the rocks. That is pretty much all there is at this location.

Check the Washington State Parks web site, as currently this state park closes for the winter from October 15 to March 15.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A bit off the highway but not too far off. A good diversion on a long drive. Provides a good view of the surrounding area.
  • Cons:Other than the rocks and a picnic area, not too much else is here. The pit toilets are adequate to the task but running water would be a nice addition.
  • In a nutshell:A good diversion along US Highway 2, and worth whatever short amount of time you decide to devote to them.
  • Last visit to Peshastin Pinnacles State Park: Oct 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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