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green Sagebrush Trail

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0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer point to point
89% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 226' 69 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 1,129' 344 m
Low: 903' 275 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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An easier way to the summit from Trailhead Park.

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Open for hiker/runners, mountain bikes and horseback riders. Dogs allowed on leash. Closed to motor vehicles. Note: At this time there is no official access from Trailhead Park for bikes and horses. A new connector trail is to be built soon.

Description

The Sagebrush Trail is part of an easier route to the summit of Badger Mountain from Trailhead Park. It has an average slope of less than 10%, is wide and the surface is paved with crushed rock. It is smooth, but can have some dips or holes.

To get to the lower end of trail, follow the Canyon Trail to the top of the steps, the Sagebrush Trail then starts off to the left. It climbs the northeast flank of Badger Mountain in an open dryland grass slope for the first half mile then enters an old stand of sagebrush. The trail ends at a three-way intersection with the Langdon Trail and the Skyline Trail. From here the most common route is to continue to the summit on the Skyline Trail and then back down to Trailhead Park and your car via the Canyon Trail for a 3+ mile loop. Another loop is to take the Langdon Trail to its west end and then loop back via the summit using the Skyline Trail and Canyon Trail for a 6.3-mile journey.

The trail is in open terrain with no shade available so plan accordingly in the summer. In the winter, the trail can get icy and any snow can be slow to melt because the trail faces north and east. Please stay on the trail and do not cut the curves. The trail is popular with mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers but there is ample room to allow passing without leaving the trail. The desert vegetation is easy to damage and takes a long time to recover.

There is ample parking at Trailhead Park along with restrooms, water and a playground. There is also a kiosk with displays on the Ice Age Floods, local plants and other information. There are no other restrooms or sources of water along the trail.

Flora & Fauna

The trail starts out in open grasses before entering thick old sagebrush. Spring flowers include balsamroot and phlox.

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