It has been on my list for a long time. I wanted to someday be able to hike Badger Mountain. In this arid and treeless region we have "mountains" with out trees. Seems kind of weird, I know. All our surrounding peaks have names like Saddle Back, Rattle Snake, Jump off Joe...but one of the most populated around here for hikers is a peak called Badger.
Several years ago my son was part of a group of folks around here that regularly hiked this mountain peak with out trails but just a big steep stomp up the side. As the surrounding developments began to encroach upon this mountain, it became a last stand for sage loving mountain climbers. They became known as "The Friends of Badger." This group after tons of community effort and conservation campaigns were able to save this mountain top from developers. Since the city has now adopted this area, they have put in trails and a park at the bottom. This has become one extremely popular spot for Tri Citians to conquer.
It was on my list! Someday...maybe? Well after having had some success with loosing weight this spring, I thought maybe I would give it a try. I would start off real slow and just try for a little bit of progress each time. Actually the thought of getting started was quite overwhelming to me. I have not been regularly exercising at all...except for my gardening.
Well I am happy to say that thanks to a new found friend who went up the mountain with me...I made it on the first try...albiet it took 2 1/4 hours =| Slowly but surely we headed out a few times a week up the less traveled, less steep, longer back side of the mountain trail.
back sideKnowing good and well the steep shorter trail on the front side would be another whole ballgame. Someday...maybe? Well someday came sooner than we thought! Last week when we came across a giant rattlesnake on the less traveled path we both knew were going to have to bite the bullet and try the front route.
My friend and I both attempted it separately last week and failed. After our mutual failed attempt by Monday morning we decided to just do what we could and give this another shot...together.
a marker on the way to the topWell....wait for it...dah dah...WE MADE IT!!! I am still in shock and limping around in pain from the feat. We were trying to keep it under 1 1/2 hours, so we jogged most of the way down. Bad, bad, bad idea. My knees were not happy about this down hill jog at all =)
elevation at the top1579 ft.