Events

Trick or Treat on the Trails

The YMCA of The Greater Tri-Cities is putting on a fun, family Halloween event with their own healthy twist. Families who join them for Trick-or-Treat on the Trail will enjoy an exciting family hike up Badger Mountain while dressed up in their favorite costumes! Children of all ages trick-or-treat for healthy goodies along the trail. After the Halloween hike, families stick around to enjoy our Fall Festival which includes games and activities for the whole family to enjoy! This is a FREE event made possible by community sponsor Central Plateau Cleanup Company To pre-register, or more information, please visit http://ymcatricities.org/family-events-activities/trick-or-treat-on-the-trail/

Passion and Persistence: How Badger Mountain Preserve Was Created

Join co-founder Sharon Grant in this engaging presentation about how a group of volunteers were able to create the 10-mile Badger Mountain Trail.

Friends of Badger Mountain, founded in January 2003, has preserved 1,000 acres of local ridge land and created over 10 miles of trails.  How did a group of volunteers do this?  Sharon Grant, who co-founded Friends of Badger, will talk about lessons learned and how this community treasure draws over 300,000 users a year.  The most important lesson…”If you want to go far, go together.”

Hike Through Time on Candy Mountain

Richland, W.A. – Rangers with Manhattan Project National Historical Park and Whitman Mission National Historic Site will lead a history hike up Candy Mountain on Saturday, October 15 from 12:00–2:30 pm. The inaugural “Hike Through Time” ranger program is a free, guided 3.6-mile round-trip moderate hike to the top of Candy Mountain.
There will be several stops along the trail up to the summit where rangers will share short histories about the events and people that shaped the mid-Columbia region. Hikers will move forward in time as the stops progress from the Ice Age Floods to the Manhattan Project and its legacies. Topics will include the Native Peoples who have lived here since time immemorial, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the arrival of Christian missionaries, and the selection of Hanford for plutonium production during World War II.

Wildflower Walk on Sagebrush Trail – May 28th

Join the Columbia Basin Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for an adventure up Badger Mountain! Meet at the kiosk at the base of the trail just uphill of the Badger Mtn parking lot on Shockley Road. Hike the Sagebrush Trail on Badger to see the last of spring wildflowers and learn about the shrub-steppe flora. Ernie Crediford will lead the 2 to 2.5 hour hike. All are welcome! If you can, please pre register via the event link so the trip leader can let you know if anything changes. Link not working? Email Ernie directly: [email protected]. Thank you!

Trailwork Party – May 28th

We have had a task come up; it is part of our trails to Little Badger – we need to remove some gravel. The work will be scrapping the gravel into piles and then loading it into our gravel hauler which will then move it to nearby storage piles. We will be using Mcleods, shovels and buckets. The schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 26 to 28, 8:30 AM to 12:30. We will be meeting by the restroom building in Trailhead Park and then driving closer to where it is just a short walk to the work site so you will need to be on time. The weather forecast looks like good Tri-Cities weather for May. The temperatures will be cool in the mornings with a maybe little wind on Friday. The trailmaster will be working elsewhere, mostly chopping back those weeds on the side of the trails so David Comstock will be leading these work parties. We will provide all the tools, volunteers will need to bring work gloves, water and snacks with a pack to carry them, and dress for the weather forecast. There isn't any work for preteens and younger, it is just hard to keep them motivated for 4 hours. Signups help with planning and are also good in case the works goes faster than expected. Please let me know that you are coming by sending an email to [email protected]

Trailwork Party – May 27th

We have had a task come up; it is part of our trails to Little Badger – we need to remove some gravel. The work will be scrapping the gravel into piles and then loading it into our gravel hauler which will then move it to nearby storage piles. We will be using Mcleods, shovels and buckets. The schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 26 to 28, 8:30 AM to 12:30. We will be meeting by the restroom building in Trailhead Park and then driving closer to where it is just a short walk to the work site so you will need to be on time. The weather forecast looks like good Tri-Cities weather for May. The temperatures will be cool in the mornings with a maybe little wind on Friday. The trailmaster will be working elsewhere, mostly chopping back those weeds on the side of the trails so David Comstock will be leading these work parties. We will provide all the tools, volunteers will need to bring work gloves, water and snacks with a pack to carry them, and dress for the weather forecast. There isn't any work for preteens and younger, it is just hard to keep them motivated for 4 hours. Signups help with planning and are also good in case the works goes faster than expected. Please let me know that you are coming by sending an email to [email protected]

Tailwork Party – May 26th

We have had a task come up; it is part of our trails to Little Badger – we need to remove some gravel. The work will be scrapping the gravel into piles and then loading it into our gravel hauler which will then move it to nearby storage piles. We will be using Mcleods, shovels and buckets. The schedule is Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 26 to 28, 8:30 AM to 12:30. We will be meeting by the restroom building in Trailhead Park and then driving closer to where it is just a short walk to the work site so you will need to be on time. The weather forecast looks like good Tri-Cities weather for May. The temperatures will be cool in the mornings with a maybe little wind on Friday. The trailmaster will be working elsewhere, mostly chopping back those weeds on the side of the trails so David Comstock will be leading these work parties. We will provide all the tools, volunteers will need to bring work gloves, water and snacks with a pack to carry them, and dress for the weather forecast. There isn't any work for preteens and younger, it is just hard to keep them motivated for 4 hours. Signups help with planning and are also good in case the works goes faster than expected. Please let me know that you are coming by sending an email to [email protected]

Tailwork Party – April 16th

This week we will be working on two projects. The smaller is on Friday morning to install a new platform and interruptive sign on the Skyline Trail. This will involve removing the grasses, moving some rocks, installing the sign and then graveling the platform. The second project is part of the new trail to Little Badger. I will be renting an excavator to help with building a rock wall. Since we are renting equipment we will be working morning and afternoon shifts. The excavator will be doing the heavy lifting but I will need help with the final positioning of the rocks. The weather forecast looks like good Tri-Cities spring days, you know a little wind and mild temperatures. Any wind should not be a problem as we will be on the north side of Badger. The Trailmaster will provide all the tools and even some homemade cookies at the 10:30 break.  Volunteers will need to bring work gloves, water and snacks with a pack to carry them, and dress for the weather forecast.  There isn't any work for preteens and younger, it is just hard to keep them motivated for 4 hours. Signups help with planning and making sure The Trailmaster bake enough cookies.  Sign-ups are also good in case The Trailmaster make last minute changes to the schedule.  Please let me know that you are coming by sending an email to [email protected] Jim Langdon Trailmaster, Friends of Badger Mountain [email protected] 509-943-3992 or 509-940-7234

Trailwork Party – April 15th (Afternoon)

This week we will be working on two projects. The smaller is on Friday morning to install a new platform and interruptive sign on the Skyline Trail. This will involve removing the grasses, moving some rocks, installing the sign and then graveling the platform. The second project is part of the new trail to Little Badger. I will be renting an excavator to help with building a rock wall. Since we are renting equipment we will be working morning and afternoon shifts. The excavator will be doing the heavy lifting but I will need help with the final positioning of the rocks. The weather forecast looks like good Tri-Cities spring days, you know a little wind and mild temperatures. Any wind should not be a problem as we will be on the north side of Badger. The Trailmaster will provide all the tools and even some homemade cookies at the 10:30 break.  Volunteers will need to bring work gloves, water and snacks with a pack to carry them, and dress for the weather forecast.  There isn't any work for preteens and younger, it is just hard to keep them motivated for 4 hours. Signups help with planning and making sure The Trailmaster bake enough cookies.  Sign-ups are also good in case The Trailmaster make last minute changes to the schedule.  Please let me know that you are coming by sending an email to [email protected] Jim Langdon Trailmaster, Friends of Badger Mountain [email protected] 509-943-3992 or 509-940-7234