This is a guest post from my friend Lauren Webber over at the DaintyMom.com. Enjoy!
Hiking is an amazingly healthy activity to do especially with family and loved ones. It has numerous health benefits such as strengthening the core muscles, regulating blood pressure, and lowering the risk of heart diseases. Hiking even aids in controlling weight – especially if you use sugar-free snacks.
If you’re doing it with family and kids, what could be a better way to bond in a natural environment free of technological distractions?
To get a break from the daily hustle of life, you can choose one of the following hiking trails that are also perfect for kids…
Grand Ridge Trail Park, Issaquah
This is a 7-mile long trail that looks over Issaquah and Sammamish and is loaded with fun attractions for kids. You can find some small bridges, a wetland that is full of Sitka Spruce and western hemlock, and even a 40-feet long bridge that was built using trees fallen by the wind.
The trail is also full of wild life. Keep an eye out for barred owls, squirrels, swallows, deer, and pileated woodpeckers.
This trail also has an option of going through the whole trail which is suitable for adults and kids over 10 while there is a mini trail ideal for kids under the age of 10.
Bellevue Botanical Garden’s Ravine Experience
This trail is located amidst the 10 acres of gardens and includes a steel suspension bridge that is 150-feet long. The bridge sways lightly with the wind and is very safe but some people (including young kids) might feel afraid of crossing it.
This trail is suitable for all ages and is best for people with interest in plants with its bustling greenery and plantations.
The trail is relatively short and you may encounter the occasional deer and some birds, but it’s mainly known for its coyote sightings, although rare.
Paradise Valley Conservation Area, Woodinville Area
This is a great choice for people looking to explore the eco-systems of woodlands, streams, and wetlands. Covering an area of over 800 acres, this site is full of salmons, salamanders, bald eagles, and hawks.
The entire trail is about 13 miles long and features several different tracks with varying difficulties. There is also a skills course allotted for avid mountain bikers.
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Olympia Area
This trail is ideal for those looking to discover different types of habitats. There are 7 different habitats situated along a 2-mile trail containing a unique array of wildlife.
There is also a 1-mile long boardwalk trail with built-in platforms which allow the viewing of the wildlife in their natural habitat without disturbing them. There is also an observatory.
This trail is suitable for all age groups but doesn’t have an area allotted for picnics.
Centennial Trail, Snohomish County
This is a 30-mile long trail running all the way to Skagit County line through Snohomish. There is a new patch especially paved for both hikers and bikers running alongside to another one that is only for horses.
Compared to the other routes, this trail is usually less crowded. So, if you intend to steer away from the masses, the Centennial trail is perfect for you and your family. There are choices of trails available with trails that feature playgrounds that are great for younger kids.
Guemes Mountain, Guemes Island
Situated in a conservation area, this trial includes a ferry ride along with a hike to its peak to get there. The peak offers breathtaking views of Cascade mountains, Samish Island, Skagit flats, and Mount Baker.
It’s a good idea to get your bikes on the ferry as not only it’s a great place for biking through the trail but there is very limited car parking available.
Hiking can be fun but it can also be dangerous unless you have the proper gear for it. Good shoes are a top priority. There might seem to be endless options for men but not so many for women. Take a look at these Hiking Boots by Hikers On Run designed especially for women.
Gurney Lane Recreation Area
This trail has 3 loops of trails with varying distances and difficulty for different age groups. There is also about 13 miles of trail for bike riders only and they possess different difficulty levels.
The recreational area comprises of a wild array of plants. As you walk through these trails, you’ll get to learn about 28 plant species.
Grotto Creek Canyon, Canmore
If you fancy a rocky terrain, this is the trail for you to go on. The trail is about 4.6 kilometers long and goes around a narrow canyon and a creek bed.
On this trail, you’ll see an interesting old cave along the way that features ancient cave man paintings. The cave is about 6 meters in depth.
Tunnel Mountain, Banff
This is a well-maintained trail situated in the very heart of Banff. There are zigzagging trails that gradually take you all the way up to the mountain peak. This is a great chance for your kids to enjoy the outdoors.
There are also plenty of spaces to sit down and enjoy a full-fledged picnic.