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 25, 2014

Keene Road Trail

This is another paved trail, so for those of you who love the dirt, I'm sorry! I, myself, usually try to avoid running on pavement, but I love this trail! Whether you want to go for a walk or bike ride with your kids, run with a stroller, or just enjoy a nice walk/run with a view of Badger Mountain, I think you will love it too.

Location: Keene Rd Trail runs along Keene Rd (betcha didn't see that coming!) from S Highlands Blvd in West Richland all the way to N Steptoe St in Kennewick. Along the trail you will cross roads such as Bombing Range Rd, Queensgate Dr, and Leslie Rd. If you're coming from Richland or Pasco across the Yakima River, hop onto I-182 and take exit 3A to Queensgate South, merge right onto Queensgate Drive, and if you continue on that, you'll hit Keene Rd.

Parking: You can park pretty much anywhere along the trail, but the places I would recommend parking are at Badger Mountain Community Park at 350 Keene Rd Richland, WA 99352 or, there is also a designated Keene Rd Trail Parking lot! It's in the Queensgate Village by Reflections Salon and Tanning (1950 Keene Rd, Richland, WA 99352) and it looks like this:
 You could even park at the Albertson's on the corner of Leslie and Gage and hop on the trail right here:
Leslie Rd (Picture is from Google Maps)
Pet Friendly?: Yes!
Maintenance: City of Richland
Distance: 6.4 miles 
Just for your information: It's 4.5 miles from the end of the trail at Highlands Blvd to the Badger Mountain Community Park, just under 1 mile from the park to the crossing at Leslie Rd, and 1 mile from the cross at Leslie Rd to Steptoe Rd. 
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Keene Road Trail 
If you have any questions about where the trail goes, just check it out on Google Maps! Google Maps is such an awesome tool and it can give you street views, so you know what to look for, and directions so you know how to get there! Go check this trail out, it's a good one.

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