Badger Mountain (Tri-Cities)

Badger Mountain (Tri-Cities)

Elev. Gain: 
900 ft.
High: 
1,560 ft.
Where:
Richland, WA
Distance: 
2.40 miles (round trip)
Difficulty: 
Moderate
Rating: 
3
Best view in the area, but crowded and trail is unvaried
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Features

Overview

Saved from becoming a housing development by a grass-roots uprising of local outdoor enthusiasts, Badger Mountain is the destination of choice for hikers in the Tri-Cities. As such, it gets a lot of traffic – you'll likely see everyone from small children to hard-core mountain climbers – but don't let that deter you. It's worth it, and besides, there aren't a whole lot of other options out this way.

One of several humble hills that protrude out of the high plateau, Badger Mountain delivers spectacular views in a quick climb of 900 vertical feet. The trail is very well developed and maintained, and because there are no trees, you can see your destination from start to finish.

To be clear, there are three official trail options on Badger Mountain. Our route is the Canyon Trail that begins at the edge of Trailhead Park and zig-zags just over a mile to the communication towers on the summit. At the top, thank the good people of Richland, especially the group known as Friends of Badger Mountain, for preserving this area for all of us to enjoy.

Permits & Tips

No fees or permits required. Toilets at trailhead. Bring plenty of sun protection and water. Stay on the official trail. Take the time to appreciate the solid info hut at the trailhead. 

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How to get there

Coming from the west, get on highway I-182/US-12 toward Richland.
Take exit 3 and head right at the end of the off-ramp onto Queensgate Drive.
Turn left onto Keene Road and follow for 0.25 mile.
Turn right onto Shockley Road and continue as it bends left becoming Queensgate Drive once again.
Parking lot is on your right next to pumphouse. Street parking also available. Canyon Trail begins on the south side of the playground in Trailhead Community Park.