Badger Ridge Trail

Randle, Washington 98377

Badger Ridge Trail

Badger Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
July to October
4,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,300 feet
Top Elevation
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 333 McCoy Peak, No. 332 Spirit Lake; USFS Gifford Pinchot
Local Maps

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Jul 2018