The 2016 Trails Conference includes the opportunity for you to participate in four interesting and informative off-site field sessions to local trails.
Thursday, October 13
- Badger Mountain Hike, Wine, Dine
- Hike Badger Mountain followed by wine tasting and dining at Bookwalter Winery in Richland. During the hike, participants will hear stories of the Friends of Badger Mountain’s successful volunteer effort to preserve 648 acres of Badger and to build and maintain four trails.
- Bike Ride – Lewis & Clark and Early History of the Area
- The 11 mile round trip ride on the Sacagawea Trail will stop at points of interest along the way including: early agricultural history of the region; a quote from William Clark that marks the furthest point north the party traveled on the Columbia; a description of wildlife in the region; a “purple heart” from native plants; a statue of Sacagawea with a quote from Meriwether Lewis; and a description of early settler history in the area. The ride will take about two hours.
Friday, October 14
- Urban Greenbelt Trail Walk
- Local history buffs will lead this excursion on Richland’s Urban Greenbelt Trail, a 3.2-mile city trail that traverses Richland’s central business district, alternating between parks and city streets. Parks and Recreation volunteers will point out features that recall the city’s World War II history as one of the three atomic cities of the Manhattan Project.
Sunday, October 16
- Yakima River Kayak Trip
- Take a kayak trip down a portion of the Tapteal Water Trail on the Yakima River. The Tapteal Water Trail is a 30-mile section of the Yakima between Benton City and its confluence with the Columbia River in Richland. This trip will cover about 9 miles of the trail, putting into the river at Snively Landing and taking out at Tapteal Bend. Both of these locations are within Richland near the conference hotel.
Preregistration is required so learn much more, including the contact person for sign-up, on the Field Session page.