Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades
by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)
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My wife and I really enjoyed this as a day hike with our two boys (4 and 6) on Father's Day. The trail is excellent (tho' rocky and root-y as good trails can be) and interesting for kids even though there wasn't much wildlife to be seen. Arriving at the lake is a welcome reward and we were lucky on a partly cloudy day that it was sunny while we were there. Very beautiful. Honestly, it was probably 2 miles too long for our 4-year-old but he was a trooper and we had plenty of snacks!
Great first hike of the season, absolutely a beautiful hike, can be done in a day but recommend overnighting at Lower Lena.
This is a great trail, well marked, lots of elevation climb and gorgeous scenery. The drive up is easy on the car and not hard to find. Lots of parking and good information at the trail head. The lakes are a good reward for a few hours spent climbing elevation. Go check it out!!
We took our kids (ages 7 & 10) on their first backpacking trip to (lower) Lena Lake. The lake is beautiful, as is the hike up. There are a bunch of nice campsites at the lake with fire rings. The hike was a bit tougher than we anticipated, with switchbacks for about the first mile and a half. Our kids have been hiking for a few years so it was ok, but it may be a little hard for younger/less experienced children. The only downside about this hike is its popularity. On a nice Saturday in June we were hard pressed to find a parking spot at the trailhead and equally hard pressed to find a campsite at the lake.
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