Little Badger Mountain is the next stage in our vision for a system of trails connecting four of our local ridges (Little Badger, Badger, Candy & Red). This segment of the system will provide public access to the highest point in the City of Richland with spectacular views of the surrounding area.
As of August 2020, twenty-one acres are left to complete the Little Badger trail corridor. A grassroots public fundraising campaign began January 2020 to raise $800,000 to complete the Little Badger Mountain Preserve project.
You can help us reach this goal by making a donation, either online to our Network For Good account or by mail. Friends of Badger Mountain (FOBM) is an all-volunteer organization with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. In whatever ways you can contribute your help, we thank you!
The Proposed Trail
The new trail will start from the Sagebrush Trail near the eastern boundary of the Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve. Like the Sagebrush Trail, the new trail will meander near the edge of the ridgeline, showcasing the wonderful views to the north as the trail descends toward Queensgate Drive.
The trail will continue east through City facing slope land between two new residential developments.
The trail will then have an exciting section across the steep north face of Little Badger Mountain to a North Face Overlook in the middle of steep slope.
Next the trail will gain the ridgeline and have an exciting knife edge ridge section with precipitous slopes on both sides of the trail. The ridgeline trail will provide public access to the Summit Overlook near the water tanks at the top of Little Badger mountain.
December 2019: FOBM purchased Westcliffe Heights Phase 2, Tract E, critical land to get off the steep north face and allow the trail to go up the ridge top. (SEE parcel shaded in BLUE in map to the right). Tract E complements the land the City of Richland has secured (shaded in green). The ridge trail corridor to the summit of Little Badger Mountain is now secured.
February 2020: FOBM purchased Viking, Tract A & Tract F totaling about 19 acres. This is critical City facing slope land in the saddle between Badger Mountain and Little Badger. (SEE parcels shaded in YELLOW in map to the right). The Viking land connects to the City of Richland land (shaded in GREEN). The ridge trail corridor from the saddle to the summit of Little Badger Mountain is now secured. Only 2 parcels are left to connect the Viking land to Queensgate Drive.
May 2020: FOBM flagged a new trail section across the saddle of Little Badger Mountain. We’re hopeful to build this in the Fall (post COVID-19 lockdown).
October 2020: FOBM sold Westcliffe Heights Tract E to the City of Richland (City). The City now owns continuous park land from the summit of Little Badger all the way down the west ridge of the mountain. The City has also distributed the 2019 Hotel/Motel Tax grant to FOBM and FOBM used those funds to close our $200,000 loan from the purchase of this property.
Next Up: Negotiate the final land purchase for the final two parcels needed to complete the Little Badger trail corridor. The final two parcels will connect the Viking land to Queensgate Drive. The southern parcel will be used for the trailhead and parking lot for the new park.
February 2020 – Current: In spring 2020 FOBM’s trail crew started constructing the first section of the trail that will lead from east side of Badger Mountain towards the summit of Little Badger. It was not completed because of COVID-19 restrictions but we hope to complete it spring of 2021. Please visit our Trailwork page for future work party dates and how to volunteer.
49.6% To Goal ($1.5 Million)
Hanford contractor, AECOM, and subsidiary, Washington Closure Hanford (WCH), are the lead donors with their legacy gift of $300,761.
The donation honors the employees of the former Hanford contractor WCH for their significant achievements to clean up along the Columbia River over the past 11 years. The donation will be used to secure ridge top access parcels needed to complete the eastern potion of the trail to the summit of Little Badger. In addition, a portion of the donation will be used to start trail construction Fall 2019 and build basalt monuments in honor of the WCH employees and their Columbia River Corridor Clean Up accomplishments.
City of Richland Council approved $200,000 from the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund for the Little Badger Mountain Public Trail project.
Public access to 3 peaks for the Tri-Cities will make Richland a regional destination for outdoor recreation. City of Richland Park Rangers interviewed almost 300 hikers at the Badger Mountain Trailhead and found 26% of hikers are from Richland, 32% are from Pasco, and 19% are from Kennewick, and 19% are from outside of Benton & Franklin Counties. This public ridge trail project will benefit the entire Tri-Cities metropolitan area and beyond.
WA State Legislature approved $450,000 in the 2019–21 Capital Budget for the Little Badger Mountain Public Trail project.
Our local WA State representatives Senator Sharon Brown, House Rep. Brad Klippert, Rep. Matt Boehnke and Rep. Bill Jenkin know how important local, high quality, public hiking trails are for our community. Our local WA State representatives lead the charge in this year’s legislative session to help buy land for the Little Badger Mountain Public Ridge Trail. Please send them an e-mail and thank our representatives for their support of this project.
You can help toward the Little Badger Mountain Trails by making a donation, either online to our Network For Good account or by mail. Friends of Badger Mountain (FOBM) is an all-volunteer organization with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. In whatever ways you can contribute your help, we thank you!