Hikes for Kids in Seattle

Hiking with small children is a challenging, yet rewarding experience that allows for taking the trail at a slow pace, soaking in the surroundings in all their beautiful detail, and choosing a trail of moderate difficulty.

There are a few important things to remember when hiking with children. You should choose a hike that is interesting to children. This means that great views aren’t valued as much, and things like water are much more enticing.

You should remember to be flexible. Don’t be afraid to end the hike early and not get to the final destination. Children can lose patience easily and it’s important to make their first hiking experience a good one.

Make sure you pack extra clothes for the occasion as children can be messy or require extra warmth. They may also want to stop for a swim or play around in dirty areas. Make sure to be patient and always quick to praise.

Now that you’re ready to hike, here are some hikes close to Seattle:

Franklin Falls- Located in Snoqualmie pass, this hikes is 2 miles round-trip, is an easy hike and offers wonderful views of a waterfall at the end of the trail.

Boulder River Waterfall- Located in Arlington, this 2.5 mile round-trip hike is similar to Franklin falls in difficulty and distance, and also offers a scenic waterfall view, which children always love.

Ebey’s Landing- This 2.5 mile round-trip hike lies in scenic Whidbey Island and offers a bit of everything, from scenic mountain and sound views, to driftwood, old trees and rare plants.

Second Beach- This hike on the Olympic coast, while a little further from Seattle than the other hikes, is a great choice for children because it is a moderate 1.5 miles with a mild slope and offers children the chance to beachcomb and access the ocean. They can step through tide pools and see starfish and sea anemones. Children love the sea and this hike is a great opportunity to enjoy the ocean.

These and other hikes including Red Top Lookout, Hidden Lake, Hummocks Trail, and Beach Rock State Park, are all great hikes relatively close to the Seattle area that children are sure to love. Be sure to follow the hiking tips for children and you will be sure to have a great time. Have fun exploring!


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