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Candy Mountain dream about to come true

Benton County is ready to close a $1.25 million deal this week with Candy Mountain property owners that will preserve the local peak as a natural area and park.

Friends of Badger Mountain and the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office are funding the deal, which will turn Candy Mountain into a twin of sorts to the popular Badger Mountain Centennial […]

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Benton County to buy Candy Mountain land for preserve

Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians will soon have legal access to the summit of Candy Mountain.

Benton County will buy nearly 200 acres for the Candy Mountain Preserve this spring after the county commissioners signed off on a financial agreement Tuesday.

Candy Mountain Preserve is the next link in Friends of Badger Mountain’s vision of a 20-mile network of ridge-top trails that […]

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Friends of Badger Mountain to Expand Trail System

Friends of Badger Mountain announced at their annual meeting January 30th that it had reached their $1.5 million goal for the Ridge Preservation and Trail Campaign.  The funds raised will create a second ridge preserve on Candy Mountain and a trail link from the west end of the Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve to the summit of Candy Mountain.

“A second open […]

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Tri City Herald “Thumbs Up”

Leaders with vision
For more than a decade the Friends of Badger Mountain have been working to provide public access to the summit of Candy Mountain. That access is a critical piece in group’s vision of a 20-mile network of ridge-top trails that starts at Amon Basin on the Kennewick-Richland border and extends to the Yakima River by way of the […]

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Construction Begins on Badger Mountain Trailhead Parking Area

Officials broke ground Monday for a new 50-space parking lot at Trailhead Park for the Badger Mountain hiking trails in Richland. More than 200,000 visits were recorded last year on the 1,600-foot mountain, making it one of the most hiked mountains in the state. Lack of parking leads many visitors to park on Queensgate Drive, causing problems for residents. Tri-City […]

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New trail open on Badger Mountain

Tri-City Herald
The newest Badger Mountain trail is open after months of work and thousands of hours of volunteer labor.

A ceremony is planned at noon Jan. 16 to dedicate the yet-to-be-named trail, which traverses Badger’s southern slope.

“The people did this. That’s been true about each of our trails — it’s the people’s mountain and the people’s trail,” said Sharon […]

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