Mercer Slough | Credit: Devon Hammer
A breath of fresh air — and some space
Hiking with my kids has been essential to our family sanity, even before the pandemic. I find solace in nature and enjoy a good dose of it whenever I’m in need of a recharge. I also have an active 5-year-old boy who quite literally bounces off the walls when we're stuck at home. Hiking fulfills my son’s need for adventure and physical activity while fulfilling my need for exercise and a breath of fresh air. My 3-year-old daughter is happy enough to come along for the ride (literally, on my back, in a carrier) as long as I keep the snacks coming. So, since my son was about 2, we have hiked at least a couple of times a week.
When the pandemic hit, I wondered how I would hike safely and responsibly, keeping some space for my family on often narrow hiking trails. I went out to find less popular, kid-friendly trails that are wide enough to easily accommodate distancing.
Read on for the five Seattle-area trails that we've enjoyed hiking this past year. I can't promise the trails will be crowd-free, but mostly you'll find enough space to keep some space about you.
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