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Alterna-hikes: Beat-the-crowd Alternatives to Popular Family Hikes Around Puget Sound

Insider tips for popular trails and where to go instead

Ah, the great outdoors — there is just nothing better than a hike for showing 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 Seattle-area families would say it’s worth getting up early to score a parking space at the trailhead. Here, we’ve highlighted popular four hikes worth doing, and four lesser-known options to consider if you like your wilderness with a little more elbow room.

While most of these are suitable for even young children, we always recommend carrying The Ten Essentials. It’s a good habit to get into as you extend your adventures.

Browse all the hikes:

Rattlesnake Ledge and the alternative, Cedar Butte

Cougar Mountain and the alternative, Coal Creek Trail

Nisqually Wildlife Refuge and the alternative, Woodard Bay

Tiger Mountain and the alternative, Soaring Eagle Regional Park

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