Nature March 20, 2018
9 Totally Kid-Friendly Hikes In Washington That Are 1 Mile And Under
A love of nature and hiking often starts young, which is wonderful. And luckily, we’ve got plenty of trails here in Washington that are great for little legs (and short attention spans). We found these 9 beautiful hikes perfect for families.
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1. Hidden Lake Trail, Lake Wenatchee State Park
This mile-long loop is a nice, easy hike with a path that's wide enough for you and your little ones to walk side by side. You'll wind your way through a ponderosa pine forest until you reach the lake.
2. Pretzel Tree Trail, Squak Mountain State Park
Located near Issaquah, this 0.4 mile loop is the perfect place to take young explorers. Interpretive signs tell the story of a field mouse in search of the "Pretzel Tree" and share tidbits about forest ecology along with way.
3. Trail of the Cedars, North Cascades National Park
This easygoing nature walk features a suspension bridge over the Skagit River and an old forest grove. If you go on a hot summer day, you'll find plenty of cool shade here.
4. Grove of the Patriarchs, Mt. Rainier National Park
Not only is this hike short and sweet, it's also absolutely beautiful. Young nature lovers will enjoy the huge old growth Cedar and Douglas Fir trees, and you'll all enjoy the fact that most of the path is paved with bridges and boardwalks.
5. Shadow of the Sentinels Trail, North Cascades
Located near the small town of Concrete, this 0.5 mile trail is relaxing an scenic, perfect for people of all ages and abilities.
6. Cape Flattery Trail, Olympic Peninsula
Take the kids to the northwestern-most point in the continental United States. This trail is 1.2 miles in length, but the views are so spectacular, you won't even notice the extra 0.2.
7. Nisqually Vista Trail, Mt. Rainier National Park
Treat your little explorers to meadows full of wildflowers (in late spring and early summer) and views of our most majestic mountain. This 0.9 mile trail is stunning.
8. Saras Head Trail, Sharpe Park
Sharpe Park is located near Rosario Beach, which sits north of Deception Pass State Park. This mile-long trail is full of moss and other greenery, not to mention the great beach views.
9. Murhut Falls Trail, Olympic National Park
This trail, which you'll find near Brinnon and the Duckabush Recreation Area, leads to a beautiful waterfall. It is considered kid-friendly, but since there are a couple of steep inclines and a ledge, you may be more comfortable bringing older children.
Hiking is a great way to see Washington’s diverse natural beauty while getting some exercise. If you’re just starting out, check out one of these
trails for mere mortals.