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Great Lake Hikes: 5 Family Hikes to Mountain Lakes in Western Washington

Perfect mid-to late-summer hikes of berry-picking, swimming and trail-meandering

As our sunny stretch continues, are you hearing moans of resistance to yet another day at the crowded city pool? Glacier-fed waters and late-summer berries are a great way to break the routine. Pile the kids into the car, grab swimsuits and hiking boots and head for the mountains where nature’s pools await.

Mountain lakes are fed by glaciers and snowmelt, so be aware the water can be quite chilly even in summer. Lake bottoms may be sandy or rocky, jagged or smooth, so pack Crocs or water sandals to protect small feet. There’s no lifeguard on duty in the wilderness, so keep a close eye on children and understand you’re swimming at your own risk. Never allow children to venture under a waterfall, as small rocks can tumble over in the cascade and cause injury. 

Read on for five of the best family-friendly lake hikes in the Cascades, refreshing for late summer and fall exploration. (These are organized by shortest to longest hikes.)

1. Bagley Lakes Loop, Mount Baker

2. Mirror Lake, Snoqualmie Pass

3. Dorothy Lake, Highway 2

4. Hyas Lake, Teanaway

5. Ashland Lakes, Mountain Loop Highway

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