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4 Kid-Friendly South Sound Waterfall Hikes for Families

Celebrate spring with a fun South Sound hike to a roaring cascade

Nooksack River falls, Patrick McNally, flickr cc

A hike that ends in a waterfall is a perfect family adventure. In spring, especially, the dramatic rush and splash of water is a terrific payoff for hikers young and old and makes for a natural turnaround point.

Here are some favorite South Sound waterfall hikes (see also our round-up of Seattle-area waterfall hikes). Though they’re an easy drive from the greater Tacoma area, we think they’re also worth the trip for waterfall-loving families and their kids from all over Puget Sound.

Tips: As with all hikes, you’ll want to bring along the Ten Essentials. Also keep in mind that paths to waterfalls can be slick and muddy, and the rocks around waterfalls can be loose. Get your fill of photo ops from a distance, and don’t allow children to play in the falls themselves. See this article on ParentMap by Lauren Braden for more waterfall safety tips.

Skip to the first hike or browse all the hikes:

1) Skookum Flats, Enumclaw

2) Snoquera Falls, Mount Rainier area

3) Porter Falls, Olympia area

4) Little Mashell Falls

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