Candy Mountain Trail

Candy Mountain features sweeping views of the area from the White Bluffs along the Columbia River, to the Horse Heaven Hills, and from the top, 360-degree views with Mt Adams, Rainier, and Stuart visible on clear days. It is in open shrub-steppe terrain moving from sagebrush to open grasslands. There’s two official trails on the mountain at present, open to individuals, mountain bikes, and horses.

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Trail Map

Use the interactive map below to view the trails on Candy Mountain. You can view detailed data and descriptions by clicking the trail on the map, or in the sidebar, and pressing the “Complete Details at Hiking Project” button. We also have detailed trail descriptions further down the page.

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Trail Descriptions

Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: Leashed
Open to: Individuals, Mountain Bikes, Horses

The trail starts out easy, gaining only 60 feet in the first half mile. It leaves the parking lot on a converted road, crosses a private road twice, and then skirts it again before entering into the preserve proper. Here it wanders past some boulders as it crosses and then follows the ridge top with views to the north. At a half mile the trail transitions to a steady 10% grade to the summit. Just after the first access road crossing is a boulder that marks the maximum elevation of Lake Lewis, the temporary lake created during the Ice Age Flood, see for more information. The rest of the boulders along the trail were removed during construction.

The trail ends at the summit. The five acres of the summit is private land the owners are kindly letting the public use. Please do not disturb their antenna facility. You need to reverse your course to return to the parking lot.

The trail is wide and surfaced with gravel. Please stay on the trail and do not cut the curves. The trail is popular with hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers, but there is ample room to allow passing without leaving the trail.

Flora & Fauna: The wildlife and plants on Candy Mountain are very similar to those found Badger Mountain. Birds you might see include kestrels, nightjars, magpies, chukkars, quail, and horned larks. Other animals are bull snakes, ground squirrels, coyote, lizards, and beetles. Plants include Piper’s Daisy, Balsam Root, Giant and Purple Sage, Rabbit Brush, Winterfat, Yellow Bells (fritillaria), Biscuitroot (lomatia), penstemon, lupine, buckwheats, phlox, and numerous others.

Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: Leashed
Open to: Individuals, Mountain Bikes, Horses

Special Note: The trail is open 24 hours a day, but parts are very close to homes so please respect their privacy and peace.

This trail is very easy. Originally an old road that paralleled the Candy Mountain Trail, it was converted into a second path. Commonly, this trail is used as an alternate trail that hikers return on after going to the top of Candy Mountain. It can also be combined with the Candy Mountain Trail to make a nice 1.2 mile loop that folks can use to enjoy the mountain without going to the top. There is little elevation change and the path is wide and graveled.

Trail Rules

  • Do not harass wildlife – including rattlesnakes
  • Leave no trace behind. Please take out what you take in.
  • No open fires
  • Watch out for rattlesnakes
  • All other County Park Rules apply
  • Stay on graveled trails
  • Be careful not to damage flora, fauna, or landscape
  • Respect other trail users
  • Respect private property
  • Dogs are allowed on all trails but are to be on leash

Trails open to...

Individuals, Mountain Bikes, Horses
  • Main Trail
  • Loop Trail

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Directions to Trailhead

Candy Mountain Preserve Trailhead is located at 71004 E 669 PR NE, Richland, WA 99352

From I-82, take the Dallas Road Exit northbound, headed toward West Richland. After you go underneath I-182 you’ll see a sign on your right for the Candy Mountain Preserve. Turn left when you see the sign and drive up the private road. You’ll see a sign on your right directing you into the parking lot.

From Richland/West Richland, drive down Keene headed westbound until you reach the Bombing Range Road traffic circle. Take the exit toward the mountain. Proceed up the road until until just prior to I-182 and watch for the Candy Mountain Preserve sign on your left. Turn right when you see the sign and drive up the private road. You’ll see a sign on your right directing you into the parking lot.

Volunteer for Future Trail Work

We’re always in need of new volunteers. If you’re interested, contact Jim by email at and let him know. Mention “add me to your trail work list” so you’ll always know when the next work party is coming up.

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