The Big Idea

When people are asked about trails in Tri-Cities, usually they can only come up with one: Badger Mountain. Don't get me wrong, Badger Mountain is a wonderful, well-preserved hiking area that displays all the beauty of the Tri-Cities--but there are so many other trails in the area and a lot of people have no idea. So, with this blog, I plan to help people see that our area has so much to offer in the way of places to go for a run or go for a walk, and I hope to encourage people to get out and get moving and explore new frontiers in the area we all call home. Look to the right under my Trail List to see the entire list!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bateman Island

Bateman Island Trail Map
The pathway to Bateman Island
The Tri-Cities may not be tropical, but we have islands! This one, called Bateman Island, is an awesome place to go for a walk or a run. All along the trail, you will have views of the beautiful Columbia River and you will hear the pit-pattering of wildlife all around you. If you're looking for a short loop that's not just the sidewalk around your house, give Bateman Island a try!

Location: The entrance to Bateman Island is located on Columbia Park Trail at Wye Park: Richland Wye, Richland, WA 99352. It's at the very end of Columbia Center Blvd, so whether you're coming up north past the Columbia Center Mall, coming west-bound on 240 from Pasco, or coming east-bound on 240 from Richland, all you need to do is hop on Columbia Center and head to the river! Wye Park is just a left and a quick right into the parking lot. You will see a statue of Sacagawea!
This is the parking lot!

Wye Park
Pet Friendly?: Yes, but they ask that you keep them leashed and pick up after them.
Parking: Wye Park
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.8 Mile loop
Maintenance: City of Richland

The entrance...
Please observe their rules!
***Also, I do not recommend walking around on Bateman alone, take a buddy with you. And if you bring your kids along, keep a close eye on them--there's a lot of water. Go give Bateman a try today!

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