Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades
by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)
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This trail was incredible. It was nice and gentle, but gave us views you'd usually have to sweat to get to. The trail wasn't very crowded, and the route was very interesting, following the little lakelet around to its narrow mouth where rocks gather together to coax a mini waterfall out of the flat, shallow pool. The mountains to be seen at this point were naked-looking, raw gray. They almost looked half-formed compared to Mt. Baker or Shuksan. At the time that we went, the variety of plant life was enough to make me wish I'd brought a book on the plants of Wa state so I could identify them all. Every texture you could imagine. The water was so tempting along the way, shallow, splashing along the trail beside us. It was hard to keep off the grass between, as the signs instructed. At the time that we went, the road up the mountain was under construction, which would be the only sour note to an otherwise perfect trip. There were deep rumble-strip sections torn into the pavement probably every 200 feet, which got tedious over a 10+ mile stretch of road. Still, the views were breath-taking and if you have to slow down because of road conditions, what better to look at then Mt. Baker and companions?
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