A love of nature and hiking often starts young, which is wonderful. And luckily, we’ve got plenty of trails here in Washington that are great for little legs (and short attention spans). We found these 9 beautiful hikes perfect for families.
1. Hidden Lake Trail, Lake Wenatchee State Park
This mile-long loop is a nice, easy hike with a path that’s wide enough for you and your little ones to walk side by side. You’ll wind your way through a ponderosa pine forest until you reach the lake.
2. Pretzel Tree Trail, Squak Mountain State Park
Located near Issaquah, this 0.4 mile loop is the perfect place to take young explorers. Interpretive signs tell the story of a field mouse in search of the “Pretzel Tree” and share tidbits about forest ecology along with way.
3. Trail of the Cedars, North Cascades National Park
This easygoing nature walk features a suspension bridge over the Skagit River and an old forest grove. If you go on a hot summer day, you’ll find plenty of cool shade here.
4. Grove of the Patriarchs, Mt. Rainier National Park
Not only is this hike short and sweet, it’s also absolutely beautiful. Young nature lovers will enjoy the huge old growth Cedar and Douglas Fir trees, and you’ll all enjoy the fact that most of the path is paved with bridges and boardwalks.