Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades
by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)
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This was the first day hike I took my 3 and 7 year old boys on to train them for backpacking. I enjoyed the hike, especially the boardwalk sections. After the boardwalk the trail is simply a gravel road. We did 2.6 miles here and it wore them down. Now I've learned that my kids hike with much more enthusiasm over narrow dirt trails with exposed roots and mud puddles such as the hike around Penrose Point. While there is much wildlife to enjoy at the refuge and its an enjoyable stroll for adults, what interests a 3 year old is what is in his immediate 4 foot radius bubble. The gravel road even the broad boardwalk had little interest for him and consequently my boys tired more easily then they do on "rough" terrain.
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