Candy Mountain Trail – More Information

Hanford Site History Monuments

CH2M was the lead donor for the Candy Mountain Preserve. CH2M donated $200,000 towards the initial land purchase for the Candy Mountain Preserve. Then in 2017 CH2M donated an additional $100,000 that allowed the purchase of a critical parcel in the Goose Gap Saddle that helped create the Candy Mountain saddle loop interpretive trail that you hike today. The final CH2M donation of $200,000 was used to started the land purchases for the Little Badger Mountain Preserve project.


CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M) has been a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for major environmental cleanup projects at the Hanford Site since 2008. CH2M is the lead community sponsor of the Ridge Preservation and Trail Campaign, committing financial support as well as countless CH2M employee volunteer hours for trail construction and maintenance.

The CH2M Hill monuments at the Candy Mountain Preserve parking lot includes Hanford History and a Dedication to the Hanford works including:

Construction workers, operators, laborers, administrative workers, security personnel, scientists, engineers, project managers, nurses, and many more….

Federal employees, military, and contractors, Reactor operations, chemical processing, research and development, and environmental protection… Thousands of Hanford workers have dedicated their careers to proudly support the Hanford missions since 1943.

Hanford Fun Facts Monument Includes:

  • During World War II, Hanford had the largest general delivery post office in the world
  • During World War II, every employee donated a day’s pay to buy a B-17 Bomber
  • There were 8 mess halls on the Hanford site , each the size of a football field
  • During the peak of Plutonium production, 1 million meal ticket cards were on file
  • 12,000 turkeys and 12 tons of ham were served at Thanksgiving
  • 8,000 pounds of coffee, 120 tons of potatoes, and 600 gallons of ice cream were served daily
  • CH2M Summit Tables include maps of the present day Hanford site and a second Table showing the final state (after clean up is completed).

See Final State map below.

  • The final footprint near the center of the Hanford Site which serves as a dedicated area for waste management and containment of residual contamination.
  • The Hanford Reach National Monument which preserves the natural habitat to protect the Columbia River, the abundant wildlife and the environment.

These areas represent the legacy of the thousands of workers that built and operated the Site in World War II and the Cold War, that cleaned up the Site, and those what will be responsible for long-term stewardship for the years to come.