2018/4/29 – Badger Mountain / 獾山

Moving on
Moving on

Photos from this trip can be found here.

I had originally planned to include this high point following James Barlow’s 2013 trip report when pups and I went out to Breezley Hills a few weeks back. At the time black pup seemed to be content with one short hike, so I decided to leave this easy hike for another weekend.

Good directions from Wenatchee on Badger Mountain Road had been spelled out in a couple of reports. But finding a good spot off Falcon Ridge Road to park took a bit of time, since no shortage of private property signs had been posted throughout. I eventually parked by some abandoned trailers right before the road became deeply rutted and started walking.

Entiat close-up
Entiat close-up

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Perhaps the shortest time ever taken to get from car to summit, just under 10 minutes to get to this one of the Washington State’s County High Points. No views to speak of, so we continued west on the road. Walking through a four-way junction and we headed north-northwest to the edge of the plateau for some views. A lone house in the distance west of here.

Views to the northwest alongside the big stretch of Columbia River included communities of Entiat and Orondo, both Highway 97‘s main and alternate routes, and the opening into the Entiat River Valley. Directly west were Keystone Point and Spencer Peak, another two high points with decent views.

North Entiat River Valley peaks
North Entiat River Valley peaks

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Now part of private property, the stretch of road (center) between the house and the tower facility had been fenced off since the old report was written. Hoping to get a glimpse of The Enchantments and the southern stretch of Columbia River, we walked toward the radio facility bypassing the private property on the south.

Good views to the west and southwest. The Enchantments and parts of Teanaway Backcountry were visible, despite of lingering clouds capping some of the taller peaks. West Wenatchee at the foothills of some familiar peaks was also in clear view. We walked south along the rim and turned around by the fence.

Three Brothers
Three Brothers

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Weather got much warmer in the afternoon as we slowly made our way back to the summit and back to the car.

Access: Falcon Ridge Road
Gear: none

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