10 Kid Friendly Hikes In SE King County

I get asked often for ideas on where to kids for an “easy hike”. The hikes you can take babies to sullen teens with you. Not too long, no water crossings. Overall safer trails. This mix of 10 Kid friendly hikes in South East King County. Here in Washington State, range from lowland forested hikes to alpine lakes. Some you can do all year! Noted next to each hike is what parking/entrance pass is needed, and what seasons.

Lodge Lake, on the Pacific Crest Trail, via Snoqualmie Pass. NW Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass. Mid summer to Fall.

Twin Lakes, just pass Snoqualmie Pass. NW Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass. Mid summer to Fall. Bumpy, unpaved road.

Silver Forest Trail, Sunrise area, Mount Rainier National Park. America the Beautiful Pass. Mid summer to Fall.

Shadow Lake Loop, Sunrise Area, Mount Rainier National Park. America the Beautiful Pass. Mid summer to Fall.

Sheep Lake, Pacific Crest Trail, via Chinook Pass. Also see this post. NW Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass (however if you park at Tipsoo Lake, half a mile below Chinook Pass, you can park for free). Mid summer to Fall. One note, while easy to hike, be sure to keep a tight hand on children in the first mile of trail, which follows above Hyw 410. It isn’t scary, but does drop off.

Naches Peak Loop, Pacific Crest Trail, via Chinook Pass. And this post. NW Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass (however if you park at Tipsoo Lake, half a mile below Chinook Pass, you can park for free). Mid summer to Fall.

Ipsuit Pass, Mowich Lake, Mount Rainier National Park. America the Beautiful Pass. Mid summer to Fall. (Be warned, road is VERY bumpy and is not paved)

Trail of the Shadows Loop, Longmire, Mount Rainier National Park. America the Beautiful Pass. Mid summer to Fall, low snow years may allow a longer hiking season.

Deep Lake loop trail, Nolte State Park. Discovery Pass. All year. Park is closed in winters at times, but walking in is allowed, park on main road outside park if need be.

Franklin Ghost Town, Black Diamond area. $5 parking fee into little monument for it. Year round.

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