Wallula Gap Hike

It’s been a couple years so I decided to embark on another hike out to Wallula Gap and I’m sure glad I did!  It was a beautiful morning, clear and crisp.  The sun rose over the Columbia River as I was walking through the dried scrub brush.  Underneath was a fresh carpet of green as […]

New Hike up Red Mountain, Red Mountain East Hike

The previous Red Mountain hike is rather long and starts close to the west end of Red Mountain.  Now, there’s a new Red Mountain hike and it is shorter and easier to access.  You can find the Red Mountain East Hike at this link.  From the top of Red Mountain, you can view the Red […]

Don’t let the cool weather keep you off the trails! Get out and get a head start on your New Year’s Resolution for better health!    All you have to do is bundle up and hike with vigor.  This helps build up body heat and makes the chilly temperatures more bearable.  I did this the other day […]

 Thank you City of Kennewick! I recently had the opportunity to visit with dozens of City of Kennewick employees as part of their wellness program to encourage more activity and better health.  Well, that is right up my alley so I presented information on hiking safety.  It was a great opportunity and I appreciate all […]

All 40+ Trails Done!  Two Friends’ Motivational Story

How wonderfully surprised I was to receive an e-mail from two hiketricities readers who blew my mind with their ambition and accomplishment! This was a dream come true for me as was a motivator which helped this pair of friends be more active and overcome great obstacles.  Julie and Marilyn literally lifted each other […]

Deal for Little Badger Mountain Open Space Protection?

The city of Richland is working with a local developer in a land swap which would help secure some more of our local ridgelines as open space. You can read about it by clicking this link in this article from the Tri-City Herald. Here is more information about Little Badger Mountain: Little Badger Mountain hike […]

New Charge for Hiking on Badger Mountain?

It was a Facebook phenomenon. On April 1 (yes, that is April Fools Day!), A local radio station posted a made up story about having to purchase a pass to hike on Badger Mountain. You can see the phony story here: Richland to require pre-paid access cards to hike-badger mountain in may. Well, it turns […]

Badger Mountain Challenge Completed on a Sunny, Blustery Day!

Hats off to the organizers, volunteers and participants who helped make the Badger Mountain Challenge a success for 2015. Hundreds of trail runners, joggers, and hikers converged on Badger Mountain on Saturday, March 28, for the Badger Mountain Challenge.  See several pictures below of the event.  Also, check back here often as there will be […]

Spring Colors Keep on Coming!

As I hiked again this morning on Badger Mountain, I kept seeing more and more colorful wildflowers. From vibrant yellows to pinks, blues, and purples, they are all blooming along the trails in the Columbia Basin. I also enjoyed the sunshine today and the Western Meadowlarks were singing their songs. This is one of my […]

Awesome New Aerial Videos of Our Local Channeled Scablands Terrain

Thanks to the contact by geologist Bruce Bjornstad about some great aerial footage he assembled showing some of the magnificent terrain shaped by the great floods which scoured our area as recently as 15,000 years ago. Geologists like Bjornstad theorize that the Great Floods occurred when ice dams blocked portions of the northwest and formed […]