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9 Kid-Friendly Waterfall Hikes for Seattle Kids and Families

Rambles alongside a roaring cascade, for every age

Marymere Falls Midsection by Frank Kovalcheck (Alaskan Dude) on flickr CC
Marymere Falls midsection by Frank Kovalcheck (Alaskan Dude) on flickr CC

The Cascade mountain range is named for them — hundreds of waterfalls, big and small, that cascade down streams and plunge over cliffs, carrying huge amounts of water from winter rains and melted snow.

A giant roaring falls is a five-senses experience, while gentle cascades down a mountain stream will lull you to a tranquil rest.

Here are nine kid-friendly hikes in Western Washington  that never disappoint.

Skip to the first hike or browse all the hikes:

1) Snoqualmie Pass - Franklin Falls

2) Snoqualmie Pass - Twin Falls

3) North Cascades - Wallace Falls

4) North Cascades - Boulder River

5) Olympic National Forest - Murhut Falls

6) Olympic National Forest - Marymere Falls

7) North Cascades - Bridal Veil Falls

8) Mount Rainier - Carter Falls

9) Mount Rainer - Myrtle Falls


Safety tip: Waterfalls are beautiful but can be dangerous. Never venture into the direct stream of a large waterfall, as loose rocks often tumble down with the water. Never climb up waterfalls, and don’t let children jump from high rocks into a waterfall’s pool. If children wish to wade into a shallow backcountry pool or stream to cool off or look for critters, make sure they’re closely supervised and wearing sturdy shoes that can handle loose, slippery rocks. And always check conditions of trails and roads before your hike — one of the best resources available is Washington Trails Assocation's trip reports, where you can get the most current conditions.

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