Future Little Badger Mountain Trails
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). We’ve partnered with the City of Richland for a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program matching grant to complete a new trail connecting the Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve to the summit of Little Badger (the highest elevation in the City of Richland).
Project Lead Donors
December 2018 – Hanford contractor, AECOM and subsidiary Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) are the lead donors for this project with their legacy gift of $300,761 to FOBM. 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.
April 2019 – 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.
May 2019 – 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.
Purchase of Westcliffe Heights Lots 17, 18 & 19 are critical to getting off the steep north face and gaining access to the ridge top.
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.
This project is for the fee simple acquisition of approximately 80 acres of open space for a non-motorized trail corridor. The primary goals are open space preservation (sagebrush habitat), protection of City facing slope land (preserve our current view of the local ridges) and to establish public ridge top access for non-motorized recreation to the summit of Little Badger Mountain (public access to the highest point within the City of Richland).
How You Can Help
If you enjoy hiking Badger and Candy Mountains, please help FOBM create a new park on Little Badger Mountain. The future Little Badger Ridge Trail will provide public access to the highest point in the City of Richland. The trail and view will be spectacular.
FOBM plans on building the public ridge trail from the eastern boundary of the Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve, down through the sage on the gentle slope north of the orchard to Queensgate Drive Fall 2019. Please contact Jim Langdon by email at Trailmaster@friendsofbadger.org and let him know you would like to help build the new trail this fall.
For more information please contact David Comstock at (509) 521-8226 or firstname.lastname@example.org