Dallas Road Trailhead Improvements
According to Adam Fyall, Benton County Sustainable Development manager, there will be some construction at the Dallas Road Trailhead (The best access for the Skyline Trail and the west end of the new Langdon Trail). This will include improvements and modifications to the parking area to help ease overcrowding. The contractor will also chip seal the access road to the parking area from Dallas Road to the gate. These will both be welcomed improvements as the access road is very rough and full of washboards. Fyall says the trailhead will be closed between 3 days and 1 week to complete the updates. There will be no trailhead access during construction but ALL Badger Mountain Trails will remain opened. You just won’t be able to enter or exit at the Dallas Road trailhead, you’ll have to access all of the trails from Trailhead Park in Richland on Queensgate.
Date to be determined
Fyall says the date for construction is not yet nailed down but he expects it to occur in the next month and there will be signs posted ahead of time to alert hikers, bikers and other trail travelers. You can check back to hiketricities.com for updates on the exact times for closure and reopening. It should be a nice improvement with just a little bit of inconvenience.
More Parking! Yeah!
There are nearly 70 new parking spots at Trailhead Park. The beautifully paved parking area is just north of the park and just a few steps from the start of the Canyon, Sagebrush, and Badger Flats trails. This is a great new project as it will help maintain our access to Badger Mountain. Frequently, cars park along the residential streets and clog up the area for local residents. People even park along Queensgate on the east side of the street where there are no parking signs. Please take advantage of the new parking area to help keep the peace in the neighborhood around the park.
Thanks to the Friends of Badger Mountain and many volunteers who have created the new Orchard View Trail (just for proper information, this trail is now officially named the Langdon Trail in honor of trailmaster Jim Langdon who has volunteered hundreds of hours building and maintaining trails on Badger Mountain) on the south side of Badger Mountain. Click on this link for an episode of the Hike Healthy Podcast which I recorded while hiking on this wonderful new trail! Click here for the Hike Tri-Cities page with details, directions and a map for the new Orchard View Trail! This is so exciting to have another trail on Badger Mountain. It was slightly delayed because the summer heat made trail building difficult with the powdery soil. Now the trail is in great shape with gravel in most places. The trail is not currently accessible as a stand-alone trail. You access it from the Skyline Trail off of Dallas Road or you can reach it off the Sagebrush Trail. I think this is a good time to remind you about the Friends of Badger Mountain who are working to raise some funds to extend hiking trails onto Candy Mountain. You can click this link to find out more about the fundraising effort and donate some money to help the cause.
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