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Hiking with Kids

The information you need to get your family hiking - why to go, where to go, keeping kids interested on the trail, upcoming workshops and valuable resources to plan a successful outing.

You don’t need to pack your hiking gear away when you have kids! Spending time outdoors hiking with kids is a great opportunity to make memories, develop a real connection to the natural world and see wildlife up close in their natural habitat.

If you are looking for some help planning in your next family adventure Washington Trails Association has just what you need.


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Get inspired to taking your family hiking. Learn how to keep your kids moving down the trail. Find great trails to explore. >> Subscribe to our FREE Families Go Hiking newsletter



Family at Cherry Creek The cookWaterfall Getaways

Retreat from the crowds and explore Washington state's little-known and infrequently visited waterfalls. >> Find a secluded falls near you



White bluffs sunset squareDune Hiking and Camping

From Pacific hikes up and down the coast to the dunes of White Bluffs, find a spring hike and camping combination. >> Read more


Wildflowers in Cowiche CanyonHike a Rail Trail

You can find rail trails in all parts of Washington. Many of them are long distance, with multiple access points, allowing you to jump on and jump off for as long as you like. >> Read more

Aliza letterboxingLocal Exploration: Go Letterboxing

Keep the kids connected to nature, and learn a new outdoor activity by taking them on a letterboxing adventure. >> Read on


kids campfire black and whiteKeeping Kids Safe on Trail and in Camp

How do we encourage kids explore outdoors as safely as possible without quashing their fun? WTA runs down tips to keep kids safe on trail and in camp.
>> Learn more

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What makes a good hike for kids? What should you pack in your backpack? How do you make a kid-friendly First Aid kit? >> Learn more


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