Badger Ridge Trail

Randle, Washington

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Why Badger Ridge? Badgers are typically an eastern Washington animal, not seen in this area. Did a badger wander west of its normal range to give this ridge its name? More likely, the name giver mistook a marmot for a badger. Ask children which one they would rather meet on a trail: an ornery predator like the badger, or a placid, meadow-dwelling, grass-eating marmot? Whatever the name, this point is a high and lovely spot, well worth the drive and short walk. It is so remote that more elk than people use this trail. (Have the kids look for elk tracks.) At the saddle, youngsters can scan green parkland meadows and two volcanoes, then continue on to a rewarding destination. Older kids might also want to drop down to little spring-fed Badger Lake and to climb to the old lookout site, but there is a dangerous snow slope on the trail until late July, and so much soft pumice that the trail is not recommended for little children.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Why Badger Ridge? Badgers are typically an eastern Washington animal, not seen in this area. Did a badger wander west of its normal range to give this ridge its name? More likely, the name giver mistook a marmot for a badger. Ask children which one they would rather meet on a trail: an ornery predator like the badger, or a placid, meadow-dwelling, grass-eating marmot? Whatever the name, this point is a high and lovely spot, well worth the drive and short walk.

It is so remote that more elk than people use this trail. (Have the kids look for elk tracks.) At the saddle, youngsters can scan green parkland meadows and two volcanoes, then continue on to a rewarding destination. Older kids might also want to drop down to little spring-fed Badger Lake and to climb to the old lookout site, but there is a dangerous snow slope on the trail until late July, and so much soft pumice that the trail is not recommended for little children.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: July to October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,900 feet
Top Elevation: 5,300 feet
Local Contacts: Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 333 McCoy Peak, No. 332 Spirit Lake; USFS Gifford Pinchot
Driving Directions: Directions to Badger Ridge Trail

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