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WTA's hiking guide is the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington, and comprises content written by local hiking experts and user submitted information. All data is vetted by WTA staff. This resource is made possible by the donations of WTA members.

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Results List

28 Hikes
White Bluffs - North

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
7.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 725.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.94
(16 votes)
This is a striking, gorgeous hike -- excellent year round, whether you like snow-dappled trail or high desert. If you visit in summer, bring lots of water and a hat. There's no water available here.
 
 
Riverfront Trail

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
7.0 miles, one-way
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
A blacktop trail with some gravel and dirt sections that meanders along The Columbia River in the City of Richland. Start or end at Columbia Point Marina Park at the south end or USS Triton Submarine Memorial Park in the north. The trail is seven miles in length with many benches along the way to stop and take a breather and soak up the beauty of the fast moving Columbia.
 
 
Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
The Washtucna Coulee - Kahlotus Railroad Grade will take you past the dried basin of the ancient Lake Kahlotus and through to the eerie former railroad tunnel in Devils Canyon.
 
 
White Bluffs - Central Slope

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
On this hike you’ll walk a long string of sand dunes or explore the nooks and crannies of a recent landslide, all beside the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River with panoramic views up and down the river, north to the Saddle Mountains, and across the Hanford Nuclear Site to the distant Cascade Mountains.
 
 
Crow Butte Park

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.0 miles of trails
Gain: 250 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Crow Butte Park is located near Patterson, along the Columbia River. The park is operated by the Port of Benton, and it is possible to camp here as well as explore six miles of trail.
 
 
McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(4 votes)
This National Wildlife Refuge consists of a chain of wetland marshes adjacent to the confluence of the Snake and Columbia Rivers.
 
 
Saddle Mountain East

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
This National Wildlife Refuge is part of the bigger Hanford Reach National Monument. No official trails exist here, but some access roads open up the views from these ridges.
 
 
Rattlesnake Slope Wildlife Area

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1600 ft.
Highest Point: 2000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
Upland birds love this sprawling desert prairie. The ground-hugging birds sprint among the tufts of plants. They take refuge, and find dinner, in such glorious wildflowers as balsamroot, large-headed clover, wild onion, and canyon-bottom communities of beautiful orange globe mallow.
 
 
Priest Rapids Wildlife Area

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.50
(4 votes)
The Priest Rapids Wildlife Area is a unit of 3,202 acres in the Columbia Basin Wildlife Area.
 
 
White Bluffs - South Slope

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 530 ft.
Highest Point: 900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(6 votes)
On this hike you’ll drop down through the bluffs and walk along the last free-flowing stretch of the Columbia River, climb to a ridge walk with panoramic views, and perhaps visit a sandstone pillar.
 
 
Columbia National Wildlife Refuge - Crab Creek

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
2.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 870.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.20
(5 votes)
Explore the desert of eastern Washington at this National Wildlife Refuge.
 
 
Sacajawea Historical State Park

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
1.2 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Nestled on the eastern edge of the Tri-Cities, just east of Pasco, is a lovely little state park and accompanying interpretive center dedicated to Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who was crucial to the success of the Corps of Discovery as they made their way to the Northwest Coast.
 
 
McGee Ranch

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(3 votes)
 
Per staff at Hanford Reach, this hike is now on private property and inaccessible to the public.
 
 
Lyons Ferry State Park - Marmes Pond

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.80
(5 votes)
A former archaeological site, Marmes Pond is now a destination for fishermen and hikers looking for a short exploration of the Channeled Scablands.
 
 
Juniper Dunes Wilderness

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 300 ft.
Highest Point: 1050.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(6 votes)
Witness the polar opposites of land use management in this unique BLM wilderness, accessed through a popular OHV area. Once within the wilderness fence, visitors are rewarded with wide-open hiking through varied terrain, including the largest remaining juniper groves in Washington.
 
 
Horse Heaven Hills

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1220 ft.
Highest Point: 1924.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
Hike a shrub steppe slope to a high vantage point along the crest of the Horse Heaven Hills plateau. The trail is typically dry and windy so make sure to bring plenty of water. The best time to hike is in April or early May when the slope is green and wildflowers are blooming.
 
 
Chamna Natural Preserve

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
3.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 30 ft.
Highest Point: 350.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(8 votes)
Explore this network of trails through riparian wetlands and sagebrush along the Yakima River.
 
 
Columbia Plateau Trail - Snake River

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 750.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.20
(10 votes)
A pleasant stroll for all ages- discover the history while enjoying a variety of avian wildlife on the southern terminus of the Columbia Plateau surveying the stark, scalloped Snake River country of southeast Washington.
 
 
Sacagawea Heritage Trail

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
23.0 miles of trails
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
This 23-mile paved trail runs through the cities of Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick. Showcasing interpretive areas, the trail was conceived of and built to be an amenity for locals and an attraction for visitors. Dedicated to the woman who helped Lewis and Clark complete their expedition, the trail displays the stark shrub steppe environment, and the mighty Columbia River in a lovely outing accessible to all.
 
 
Badger Mountain - Sagebrush Trail

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
1.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 500 ft.
Highest Point: 1200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Sagebrush Trail was built in the spring of 2010 by the Friends of Badger Mountain with help from WTA. While most of the gravel trail is wide and smooth, there are a few dips and holes to look out for. The Sagebrush Trail starts in the City of Richland’s Trailhead Park. It then passes through some private land and Richland Utilities land and ends in the Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve.
 
 
Badger Mountain - Skyline Trail

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
5.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1100 ft.
Highest Point: 1500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Skyline Trail roughly follows the ridgeline up to the summit of Badger Mountain, then back down to meet the Sagebrush Trail and the Langdon Trail at the Triple Junction. The graved path is 3.5 feet wide and popular with hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians. The trail has mostly sagebrush at both ends with native dryland grasses in the middle. Balsamroot and purple sagebrush can be found blossoming in the spring.
 
 
Badger Mountain - Canyon Trail

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
3.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1195 ft.
Highest Point: 1579.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.92
(12 votes)
This mountain just outside the town of Richland is nice place for locals and visitors to recreate, with several trails for hiking, biking and equestrian. Views extend in every direction and include mountains as well as agricultural fields.
 
 
Candy Mountain Trail

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
3.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 555 ft.
Highest Point: 1383.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
In 2016, the Friends of Badger Mountain bought 195 acres of land on Candy Mountain overlooking the Tri Cities area. The trail here, built by more than 240 volunteers and officially opened in June of 2017 nicely complements the trail network at Badger Mountain across the road. Between the two preserves, Friends of Badger Mountain has provided some of the best close-in hiking options in the Tri-Cities area.
 
 
Big Cross (Pasco)

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
3.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 40 ft.
Highest Point: 427.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Home to local middle and high school cross country runs, this trail is used by many locals for peaceful walks and jogs, and anyone interested in disc golf!
 
 
Badger Mountain - The Langdon Trail

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 1570.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
The Langdon Trail runs along the south side of Badger Mountain above a large apple orchard. This is the least traveled trail in the system. It is popular with trail runners and mountain bike riders because of its meandering route as it goes in and out of gullies.
 
 
Wallula Gap Overlook

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
Rating:
Average rating:
2.00
(2 votes)
 
Private property surrounds the parcels of public property in Wallula Gap, rendering them inaccessible to hikers.
 
 
Sentinel Bluffs

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
 
 
 
Big Flat Habitat Management Unit

Central Washington -- Tri-Cities

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(4 votes)