Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades
by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)
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Nice easy hike with many views including flowers (I visited in mid-July). Lake is very nice.
This is a fantastic hike for families. It is a short 1 1/2 to 2 miles to the lake with just a little elevation gain. A little snow still covered patches. Delightful little pond with wading opportunities awaits.
I highly recommend the extra climb to Sourdough Gap. From the top you can see Mts. St Helens, Hood and Adams, as well as an easy walk to spectacular Rainier vistas.
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