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The Best Hikes for Kids Who Hate to Hike

Entice kids out on a hike with Seattle-area trails that feature a "prize"

Published on: July 28, 2020

Heybrook Lookout Tower hike for kids who hate to hike
Heybrook Lookout Tower. Credit: Sean O'Neill/Flickr CC

Hikes are better with a prize!

Editor's note: This article was originally published a few years ago. Hiking during this pandemic is pretty popular; consider heading out on the trail on a weekday and have a Plan B if you arrive at a crowded trailhead. And please, wear your masks, give people space and follow guidelines for recreating safely outdoors.

Sometimes kids are gung-ho to hike, but there are times when they may need a little extra incentive to join parents on a trek. (And parents appreciate rewards, too!) Choose one of these hikes that end with a “prize” and that reluctant hiker just may be enticed to join you.

Remember: Before you head out on any of these hikes, check Washington Trails Association to check status and trail conditions, and for good driving directions.

Use the arrows above the image to browse through this kid-pleasing hikes.

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