The view from Rattlesnake Ledge. Credit: Daniel Stockman/Flickr CC
Hikes that are off the beaten track
Editor's note: This article was originally published a few years ago. Most places mentioned are open, but you'll want to double-check before heading out as open status can change day by day. Many places have special safety protocols in place as well. Please mask up and be prepared to follow all safety rules and requests for the health of your family and wider community.
Ah, the great outdoors — there is just nothing better than a hike for sharing with your kids tall trees, wildlife and lots and lots of other people. Yes, many of the Seattle area’s best family hikes are so popular that the trail can seem like a thoroughfare. Of course, beloved hikes are popular for a reason, and many local families would say it’s worth getting up early to score a parking space at the trailhead.
Here, we’ve highlighted four popular hikes that are worth doing, and four lesser-known options to consider if you like your wilderness with a little more elbow room. Most of these hikes are suitable for even young children.
Note: We always recommend carrying the Ten Essentials. It’s a good habit to get into as you extend your adventures.
Use the arrows above the image to check out the popular hikes and their less-crowded counterparts.