Badger Mountain in Richland is a unique place to go for outdoor adventures due to its elevation, topography and lack of motorized vehicles, which really lets you get back to nature. Hiking, biking and horseback riding at Badger Mountain is allowed, just nothing with a motor. The 574-acre preserve has no trees, just shrubs, so as you climb elevation gains of up to 1,500 feet, you get unparalleled views of the Columbia River Basin.

There are five trails on Badger Mountain, all allow dogs on leash. For family-friendly outdoor adventures, try the Langdon Trail, which has the easiest grade. For those looking for more of a challenge, try the Canyon Trail. It’s the steepest and includes more than 60 stairs, but it’s also the most popular. At the summit of the Canyon Trail, the views are spectacular as you look out over the Tri-Cities, Rattlesnake Mountain, the Blue Mountains and on clear days, you can even see Mount Stuart. No parking pass or entry fee. For more information visit the Friends of Badger Mountain website or Facebook page.

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