Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades
by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)
© Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Gorgeous hike along Whistle Lake. Easy to find, well maintained trail with moderate elevation which makes it a great hike for kids.
If you want the easier route once you park, go through gated entrance and take trail to the right. (we have a mom's hike group so we are trekking with small children and babies so we opted for this route)
Beautiful flora and fauna-gorgeous views of the lake. The loop was too long for us but we went about a mile or so in and turned around.
This is a lovely multi-purpose trail for hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners alike. The trail hugs the lake for part, and then you spend most of the time in a beautiful forest.
One note of caution - the parking lot is truly a high-prowl activity place. We had a large group in 3 cars - 2 of which were broken into. The police said we were cars 20 and 21 this month. Don't leave anything you want to keep in your car.
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