Hiking at Badger Mountain near Richland WA is an excellent summer activity. From the top of Badger Mountain, one can see a full 360 degree view of the Eastern Washington plains and rivers, including Mount Rainier and Mount Adams off in the distance. The 574-acre recreation area is perfect for daytime hiking, biking, and even horseback riding.
Badger Mountain is just outside Richland WA, which is just about 40 minutes from our Walla Walla Bed and Breakfast. You’ll find five trails, varying in length and difficulty, some have more elevation gain, while all of the routes will include some incredible views. Sage Brush, native grasses, and wildflowers line the paths cut into the desert landscape. Make sure to come prepared and pack lots of water and snacks!
Our Walla Walla Bed and Breakfast is the perfect location to explore the outlying areas of our state. You can spend a day out in the dry heat at Badger Mountain and retreat back to our Inn for a cool dip in the pool or book yourself an afternoon massage at our Country Spa at the mansion to fully relax after an excursion on the trails. Make sure to enjoy our beautiful wake-up breakfast tray before you head out!
Enjoy Panoramic Views on Badger Mountain Trails
On the summit of Badger Mountain, it’s truly one of the more magnificent views in our area. Many guests who stay with us plan a day trip out for hiking and biking at the mountain, grab lunch in Richmond WA and then head back to our Walla Walla Bed and Breakfast for a relaxing afternoon and evening with us.
Here are the five trail options for hiking at Badger Mountain:
- Skyline Trail: This route generally follows the ridge line of Badger Mountain until the junction where it meets the Sagebrush and Langdon Trail. It’s a three mile gradual climb through sagebrush, into the dry grasslands on a wide gravel trail. This a popular option for bikers and equestrians, but due to the size passing and trail etiquette is easily maintained.
- Canyon Trail: This is the most popular route on Badger Mountain and sees about 100,000 visitors per year. It’s also the steepest of your trail options, gaining on average a 15% grade throughout. You’ll encounter stairs as well, but the views really are worth the climb!
- Langdon Trail: This path follows the South slope of Badger Mountain and mainly sticks to the natural curves and ridges. You’ll walk above an apple orchard and you may even spot one of the many coyote dens nestled in the countryside.
- Sagebrush Trail: This route is known as the easiest of the bunch to the summit with only a 10% grade in elevation gain. It also avoids the stairs of the Canyon Trail, and it has a fairly smooth surface covered in crushed rock.
- Badger Flats Trail: If you’re looking to just get some exercise, but aren’t in the mood for a climb on Badger Mountain, this trail follows the lowlands of the peak. You’ll pass through sagebrush and desert grasses on a wide gravel path.
The Best Place to Relax at our Walla Walla B&B
Arriving back at our Walla Walla Bed and Breakfast after a day out on Badger Mountain is an amazing feeling. You can soak your tired muscles in our heated outdoor pool, plan for a rejuvenating massage at our spa, or just sink into your cozy guest bed for an early afternoon nap. Whichever you choose, you’ll want to be refreshed for an incredible multi-coursed dinner at our award-winning restaurant, The Vine.
After filling up on seasonal dishes from our brilliant chef and drinking Walla Walla wine, guests love to head back to our beautiful suites. Each of our six guest rooms channel a different part of the world, from the romance of the Italian Rivera to the luxury of Dubai, you can find a little bit of each at our gem in Walla Walla. Join us for a lovely retreat at the mansion and book your room today!