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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 27, 2021

The Best Hikes for Kids Who Hate to Hike

late afternoon sun at Meadowdale beach in Lynnwood near Seattle hikes for families with a prize at the end
Meadowdale Beach. Credit: Nancy Chaney

6. Meadowdale Beach Park

Editor's note: Save this hike for a future outing. The park is temporarily closed during the summer and fall of 2021.

The prize: A ravine, a tunnel and saltwater beach (also, a relatively short drive to the trailhead!)

The hike: Meadowdale Beach Park in Edmonds is a popular local destination for families. What starts as a wide dirt trail then descends sharply into Lunds Gulch, leveling out along a creek and eventually reaching the beach, by way of a tunnel. Parents will appreciate the deep shade of the mature forest. At times the tunnel holds water; bring waders or old tennis shoes if you don't want to get your good shoes wet. (Check the water level and your comfort level, of course.) Play or picnic on the wide-open stretch of beach, but save some energy for the climb back up to the parking lot.

Details: 2.5 miles round trip, 400 feet elevation gain. No parking permit required.

Can you convince your crew that hiking is fun?

Editor's note: This article was originally published a few years ago and updated for 2021.

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