Explore 3 Cool Hiking Trails Near Tri-Cities
Badger and Candy Mountain are the two most popular local hikes, and for good reason, they're close, offer stunning views, easy parking, and they're fairly easy. But, if you're looking to freshen up your hiking experience without having to drive long distances, check out these three ideas, all within 30 minutes of Tri-Cities.
Twin Sisters Rock is a popular hike located along HWY 730 - approximately 25 minutes from Tri-Cities. If you're looking for a short (1-mile roundtrip) but challenging hike with incredible views, this is it. The trail is open year-round - very dusty in the spring and summer. Dog friendly. Entrance and exit can be challenging because of low visibility on the highway.
The History of Wallula Trailhead is also located on HWY 730 and is just before Twin Sisters. You could very easily drive past it if you're not watching for the trailhead parking area. Like Twin Sisters, it's a bit challenging to enter and park due to the two-lane highway and high-speed limit - start warning the traffic behind you well in advance of your intention to turn. Also, parking can be an issue on busy weekends. Overall, it's a fun leg burner with stunning views of the Wallula Gap and the Gorge. You have several trail options to choose from, those are listed on the back of the main trailhead sign. In and out is about 2.5 miles. Can be very windy. Dog friendly.
Wallula Gap Overlook Trailhead is accessed using Meals Road and Ayers Road in Finley. Ayers Road is a dusty gravel road, is suitable for all vehicles, and you'll find plenty of parking when you get to the trailhead. You'll also find piles of shotgun shells - we discovered it's a popular area to target shoot, and sadly most don't pick up their used shells but don't let that keep you from making the trek up the trail - whether you go all the way to the overlook or just partway, you'll have stunning views of the river, wildlife, rock formations, and wind. I would classify this hike as intermediate with dangerous cliffs and rocky paths that could easily twist an ankle. 6.5 miles and dog friendly.