Best Hikes with Kids Western Washington and the Cascades  by Joan Burton

Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades Guide Book

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)
Best Hikes with Kids Western Washington and the Cascades  by Joan Burton
This book combines Best Hikes with Children in Western Washington, Volumes 1 and 2, with loads of new material and an easy-to-use new format that is smaller for greater portability. Hike write-ups have been graphically designed to highlight essential data at a glance, not only by use of the "About the Hike" and "Before You Go" information blocks but also by extensive use of icons in the margins to note type of hike (day hike or backpack trip), difficulty for children, hikeable seasons, and more. Joan Burton has always selected hikes for maximum kid appeal. It's not only that many are short-starting from just half a mile-with "turnarounds" clearly identified (turnarounds are places where tired families can cut their hikes short yet still have a satisfying outing), but Burton tells where your kids can hop around in the spray of a waterfall, find out about bat caves, talk with a fire watcher and examine the Osborne fire finder, or peer into a dark, abandoned railroad tunnel.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 183.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 183.

Take your pick. Walk a short but steep paved trail to Alta Vista overlooking Paradise Valley. Or continue on a steep rugged trail to Panorama Point and a magnificent view of Mount Rainier. A network ...
Ashford, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
These five very popular alpine lakes (Anderson Lakes and Watson Lakes) are surrounded by acres of meadows, cliffs, and gorgeous scenery and offer families diverse opportunities to camp, fish, wade, an ...
Sedro Woolley, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6
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“Hey Mom! It’s the secret hiding place of a slime mold!” said the delighted little boy as he descended the steps into the cave. Another child said with a gleeful smile, “Now we’re inside the volcano!” ...
Randle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
A short, gentle paved loop leads to kid-size, heather-framed tarns (small lakes sculpted in bedrock by a passing glacier) and summer snowbanks, dramatic views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, and les ...
Glacier, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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Why Badger Ridge? Badgers are typically an eastern Washington animal, not seen in this area. Did a badger wander west of its normal range to give this ridge its name? More likely, the name giver misto ...
Randle, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Here are two lakes to throw rocks into, ice-cold water to put toes into, and a year-round snow slope to play on. In early summer Bagley Lakes have the added attraction of skiers careening down snow sl ...
Glacier, WA - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2
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This shallow, low-elevation (2,442 feet) forest lake lies beneath the massive and spectacular north face of Mount Baring. Children will enjoy the chance to wade, splash, and paddle in this quiet lake, ...
Index, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 4
The most famous rock in the Columbia Gorge makes a short and exciting hike for children, safe enough if they understand the hazards of stepping off the railed pathways. In 1915, Henry Biddle, Beacon R ...
Skamania, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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This 2-mile-long, wide sandy ocean beach calls children to run and chase waves. Unlike other beaches of the Long Beach Peninsula, where vehicles are free to speed along next to waves, this motor-free ...
Ilwaco, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
A minimum effort yields some of the most gorgeous views and flower-covered meadows in the state. The hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from Harts Pass is gentle enough for a four year old yet awe-inspir ...
Mazama, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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Three woodland lakes along a short forest trail are good choices for Scout groups or families with young and inexperienced hikers. Children can swim in all three, but shorelines are soft and muddy in ...
Ashford, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 5
Don’t be put off by the name. A walk along a dike near the southeast shore of Skagit Bay and inside the Skagit Wildlife Recreation Area provides families with wide views of birds and saltwater marshes ...
Milltown, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
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The nearly level trail, smooth and well maintained, crosses a series of water-spanning bridges and marsh-spanning planked walkways before arriving at the ice caves in the snowfields at the base of the ...
Granite Falls, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
A gorgeous flower-filled meadow with wide panoramas of the south side of Mount Adams and the golden Klickitat Valley has been a family delight for generations. The day-hike to this superb subalpine ...
Trout Lake, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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Many lakes have been named Blue, but to date this is the only one reached by a designated National Recreation Trail, a formal recognition of its outstanding beauty that does not, unfortunately, preser ...
Mazama, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 4
An easy quarter-mile walk on an abandoned road seems to lead to the top of the world. Young children will enjoy the challenge of reaching the site of a fire lookout built in 1931 on the top of the mou ...
Port Angeles, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.5
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Swim or fish in a forest lake high in the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Since the bottom is muddy, there is no chance for wading, and small children should be careful. While we were there on a hot July mor ...
Packwood, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 3
Two large forest lakes lie within 1 mile of the parking area. The first, Lake Evan, is just off the road—convenient for parents of toddlers who seek a wooded picnic spot. The second, Boardman Lake, wi ...
Granite Falls, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.75
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An elk-groomed rain-forest river valley offers families all of the primitive magic of the Hoh area, without the crowds. Huge, moss-shrouded second-growth maples and alders lean over the trail, then gi ...
Port Angeles, WA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 10
Mother Nature sometimes provides unique treats for kids, and this is one of the best examples: a deep basalt gorge to explore, with a dark 200-foot-long cave/tunnel, so cold that on a hot day it feels ...
Naches, WA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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