Badger Mountain Road Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

7.5 mi
2,509 ft
6.2 %


Page Contributor(s): Stacy Topping, Tacoma, WA, USA


This is the tenth most difficult bike climb in Washington. This open space mountain ride starts at Eastmont Avenue 15th and Badger Mountain Road in Wenatchee, WA. Badger Mountain Road is mostly uphill with a grade average of 6.9%, topping out at 12% and is considered Category Two, not suitable for beginners.  

"Badger Mountain Road is a stout and spectacular climb out of the Columbia River Gorge near scenic Wenatchee, WA. Within the city to begin, you encounter double digit grade and a stop sign or two very quickly along with a short flat. Climbing then resumes over moderate grade and at mile 1.1 turn left on Eastmont Avenue and find increased grade..." (This quote is presented with the approval of John Summerson, from his book, The Complete Guide to Climbing (by Bike), 2nd Edition, pg. 226.)
Average grade of 6.3% (7% with descent eliminated).  48% (3.6 miles) is at grade 5-10%, 15% (1.1 mile) is at 10-15% and 1.5% (0.1 mile) is at 15-20%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 12.5% and steepest mile 10.7%.  

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Roadway;  Two lane highway with nice shoulder to ride in and in excellent condition. 

Traffic:  Mild.

Parking:  On 19th Street two blocks north of the start of the climb -  MapStreet View
Provisions: None on the route, but many two miles south in Wenatchee - Map
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Stay in Wenatchee and do both Badger Mountain (WA #10) and Mission Ridge (WA #2) on the same day or trip. 



Difficulty: Challenging



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Apr 8, 2021
difficulty: Challenging
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 4
Apr 8, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 4
I did this climb twice on 7th April 2021. I parked at the Latter Day (Mormon) church on 10th, just east of Eastmount. Easy to make your way through neighborhood back to Eastmount at about 19th street. The first two miles on Badger has a marked bike lane and goes through neighborhoods. There is some traffic there, but once you leave the housing (i.e., "entering range area"), traffic dies down to like one vehicle per five minutes. Road surface is very good. There's a shoulder all the way up to the summit. Views are excellent, looking west and south to the Cascades and Columbia River Valley. Recommend doing this climb in April/early May as the balsam root, apple and cherry blossoms are out then and the hills are green. Wind can be an issue in the spring, but the summer would be brutally hot as there is no shade. Wenatchee regularly exceeds 100f/38 C in the summer.

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Cycling Badger Mountain Road

Ride 7.5 miles gaining 2,525’ at 6.3% average grade.

Badger Mtn Rd PJAMM Documented Ride Ranked # 10 WA State

Distance 7.5 Average grade 6.90% Elevation Gained 2462

This open space mountain ride starts at Eastmont Ave 15th and Badger Mtn Rd in Wenatchee,Wa.  Badger Mtn Road is mostly uphill with a grade average of  6.90%, topping out at 12% and is considered Category two, not suitable for beginners.    It is a good road and has a small shoulder but is traveled by cars, so cyclists need to be careful   What you’ll see on this ride is small housing areas, rolling wheatfields, fields of wildflowers, view of the town, lake, and mountain range.  It is completely exposed so best to ride in morning or late afternoon on a hot day and wear your sun protection  

Wenatchee is the largest city in Chelan County and known as the Apple Capital of the World.  The views from Badger Mtn are excellent of the city of Wenatchee,Lake Chelan and the Cascade Mountain Range.    

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