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Hiking With Kids

In 2005 we began exploring NW Washington trails in earnest with the birth of our newborn twin girls.  See creation story video from REI presentation below.

Read the Best of the NW “A New Chapter” story here.


Best Hikes with Kids


Western Washington is a special place with a wealth of hiking adventure opportunities.  Filled with lush forests, jagged peaks and volcanoes, alpine lakes and stream corridors, not to mention seaside and oceanfront beaches.  After 10 years on the trails our twin girls our family completed over 200 hikes in Western Washington.  Encouraging ourselves to explore new trails and destinations we set the goal to complete all the hikes in the Beyond Mount Si Guidebook. We followed up  The Beyond Mount Si Challenge by completing all hikes in the 60 hikes within 60 miles Seattle Guidebook. Our family has enjoyed over 80 hikes in the Best Hikes with Kids Western Washington & the Cascades guide and counting.

We would like to share some of our discoveries with you and encourage you to get out the door and explore the Best of the Northwest!

Filming with kid in-tow. Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River Oct 29, 2005

Filming with kid in-tow. Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River Oct 29, 2005


Our Selects in Each Corridor

* Favorite Kid- Friendly Hike of Each Section


HWY 410
Greenwater Lakes *
Mud Mountain Rim

Snoqualmie Pass I90
Twin Falls *
Snow Lake
□ Denny Waterslide (coming soon)
□ Lake Margaret (coming soon)

Stevens Pass HWY 2
Wallace Falls
□ Barclay Lake
Bridalveil Falls
Lake Dorothy *
Surprise Creek
Evergreen Mountain Lookout

Mountain Loop Highway HWY 530
□ Lake 22 (coming soon)
Goat Lake *
Big 4 Ice Caves
Boulder River

North Cascades HWY 20
Rainy Lake
Blue Lake *

Seaside
Ebeys Landing*
□ Green Mountain
□ Washington Park (coming soon)

Olympics
□ Hurricane Ridge (coming soon)
Ozette Triangle
Shi Shi Point of the Arches *
Dosewallips

Urban
Top 10 Seattle City Park Trails

1. Discovery Park *
2. Elliot Bay Trail
3. Greenlake Loop Trail
4. Woodland Park
5. Washington Park Arboretum and Foster Island Trail
6. Seward Park
7. Carkeek Park
8. Camp Long
9. Schmitz Preserve Park
10. Jackson Park Perimeter Trail
11. Bonus NEW Maple Leaf Loop Trail
12. Bonus NEW West Duwamish Trail

 Top Urban Trails


Shoreline
Hamlin Park *


Edmonds
Meadowdale Park
□ Spencer Island *
□ Snohomish Hot Air Baloon
□ 
Everett Whale Sail


East Side
Denny County Park
□ Mercer Slough
□ Coal Creek *
□ Redmond Watershed
Tolt River Park


Tacoma
□ Point Defiance *
□ Nisqually Preserve


More Resources

• Seattle-based Mountaineers offer activities and adventures for families and kids.

Backpacking with Kids Blog.

• Washington Trails Association’s list of hikes for kids in the Seattle Area.

A beginners guide to hiking by the Simple Dollar

Top 10 Seattle City Parks Trails

Top 10 Seattle City Parks Trails

Our family completed all hikes in the Beyond Mount Si Guidebook.  See trail videos of the Beyond Mount Si Challenge here.

60 Hikes 60 Miles Seattle Guidebook Review

60 Hikes 60 Miles Seattle Guidebook Review

We completed all hikes in the 60 hikes within 60 miles Seattle Guidebook.  See links to trial videos of the 60 in 60 Seattle Challenge here.

We have done over 80 hikes in the Best Hikes with Kids Western Washington & the Cascades guide and counting.

The Beyond Mount Si Challenge

The Beyond Mount Si Challenge

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