Credit: Jennifer Kakutani
Super island hikes to try with kids
When my three kids and I were going stir-crazy during shut-downs and quarantine, we were forced to discover a handful of hiking trails, literally in our own Bainbridge Island backyard. Few and far between are the silver linings of the pandemic, but sharing new kid- and dog-friendly hikes that are just a ferry ride away is one of them!
Pack snacks and water, put on your boots, grab your pandemic puppy and load the WSDOT ferry app. These six secret strolls are clustered around the gem of a villa called Lynwood Center on the south end of the island and suitable for kids of all ages.
You can even walk on the ferry to reach them by using Bainbridge's public transit (masks required). Bainbridge buses are dog-friendly and waiting at the Winslow ferry terminal. Catch route #97 to Crystal Springs or #98 to Fort Ward. BI Ride is a shared-ride service that operates on Bainbridge Island by both rider request and by serving scheduled stops. Service runs weekdays and Saturdays, generally between 9:15 a.m. and late afternoon.
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