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The Best Hikes for Kids Who Hate to Hike

Entice reluctant kids out on a hike with Seattle-area trails that feature a “prize”

Published on: July 17, 2023

The Best Hikes for Kids Who Hate to Hike

heybrook lookout top of tower
Heybrook Lookout. Credit: Jennifer Johnson

1. Heybrook Lookout

The prize: A sky-high lookout tower with panoramic views

The hike: To reach Heybrook Lookout, you’ll climb a steep trail off Highway 2, through the shady green forest, to a sturdy tower that lets hikers see over trees to nearby peaks and valleys. Though it’s all uphill, even young children will be able to complete this hike to a worthy goal. A picnic table at the summit provides a place for eating lunch.  

Details: 2.6 miles round strip, 850 feet elevation gain; no pass needed for parking

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