ElevationAscent: 659' 201 m
Descent: -427' -130 m
High: 1,543' 470 m
Low: 903' 275 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A trail that runs the backbone of Badger Mountain with views in all directions.”— Jim Langdon
The trail leaves the parking lot next to the kiosk. For the first half mile, the trail climbs steadily in scattered sagebrush. At about the half mile point there is an intersection with the Langdon Trail branching off to the right. The Skyline Trail continues climbing crossing a service road and the landscape changes to mostly dryland grasses with numerous balsamroot in the spring.
At 1.3 miles, the trail crosses the service road again and switches to the south side of Badger Mountain. From here to the junction with the Canyon Trail at mile two, it follows the contours gaining slowly gaining elevation to its high point. Take a left onto the Canyon Trail for the last 40 feet elevation to the summit and best views (and radio towers) or continue straight ahead.
For the next 0.7 miles, the trail gradually descends to where it crosses the service road one final time. From here to the end it wanders through sagebrush until meeting the Langdon and Sagebrush Trail at just under 3 miles from the start.
The options are to either retrace your route, take the Langdon Trail back to the Westgate parking lot (about the same distance) or drop down the Sagebrush Trail and then climb up the Canyon Trail to meet back up with the Skyline Trail by the summit and then return to the parking lot.
The trail is wide and surfaced with gravel. 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. There are no services such as restrooms or water available once you leave the parking lot.
Local Club: Friends of Badger Mountain
Jan 31, 2019: This $300,000 gift will boost Tri-Cities hiking trails
Dec 1, 2018: Pasco students help replant sagebrush on Badger
Land Manager: Benton County Parks Department