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

Kid-friendly hikes for swimming, picking berries and exploring trails

Lauren Braden

Published on: August 07, 2023

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Bagley Lakes at Mount Baker. Credit: Nordique/Flickr CC

Hike to a lake!

One great way to revel in our warm PNW summer days is to gather your crew and take a wander to a mountain lake. Exploring glacier-fed waters and picking late-summer berries are great ways to break up 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 that the water can be quite chilly, even during summer. Lake bottoms may be sandy or rocky, jagged or smooth, so pack Crocs or water sandals to protect small feet. There is no lifeguard on duty in the wilderness, obviously, so keep a close eye on children and understand that 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 to find a lake hike near Seattle that suits your crew.

First up: Mirror Lake

Image credit: Nordique/Flickr CC

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