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The summit of Steptoe Butte looms 1000 feet over surrounding farmland. Here, early morning fog burns off as the sun rises. Steptoe Butte stands tall above the Palouse in Washington State. Steptoe Butte is a quartzite island jutting up from sediment left by the ice age Missoula flood that formed the Palouse. Cow Parsnip often flanks bordering roads in spring.