Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades
by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)
© Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
I did this trail this afternoon. Still plenty of snow on the trail, occasionally 'post-hole-ing' in the snow. You definitely need some waterproof boots at this time of the year. I was surprised to see people in the parking lot in flip flops or sandals. Saw a group of four with trekking poles and regretted leaving mine in the truck. This is one of my favorite, easy access hikes in the area.
It was great, exept we didn't bring a map and a couple of sign posts were missing directions. Also, bring bug repellant!
We had been to the natural water slide about 8 years ago. It was fun to try it again with the kids a bit older. We were able to go up to the waterfall, and then return down the hill to go on the slides.
i think it should be noted that the water level this time of year is very low, therefor hard to slide. also, the directions past the exit are poor. overall the trail and waterslide were great.
This was a great hike to take my 9 year old nephew on. He loved the water slides even though the water was "freezing cold" (the extent of which is still one of his favorite topics of conversation) and the hike was very mellow. Thanks!
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