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 […]

Getting Ready for the Badger Mountain Challenge

I know many people have been training for the Badger Mountain Challenge.  I was up on the mountain this morning, getting a little wet and enjoying the beautiful flowers which are blooming ALL OVER!  I’ve included pictures on this post, you can click each one to enlarge.  The pictures are pretty good for being on […]

The 2015 Badger Mountain Challenge is Coming!

It’s time for the 5th annual Badger Mountain Challenge! Registration is now closed but make sure you watch here at for full coverage of the big event! This event benefits local organizations and allows hundreds of local and long-distance visitors to say “I did it!”. The Challenge offers a 15k (that’s where I’ll be), […]

Flowers are Blooming on Badger (and other local trails!)

What a great sign of spring on Badger Mountain!  I was hiking the other day and started seeing several varieties of yellow flowers. I was hiking on the new Orchard View Trail, which is on the south side of Badger Mountain. This side gets the most sun exposure so the other trails are playing catchup […]

New Landmark Visible from Badger Mountain

The largest freezer in North America is nearing completion in Richland and it is easy to spot from local places like Badger Mountain, Candy Mountain, and Red Mountain.  Preferred Freezer Services is building the massive structure for use by many local businesses.  The building is 455,000 square feet and cost about $115 million to build. […]