HIKING WITH KIDS IN SKAGIT COUNTY
There are too many opportunities for hiking in Skagit County to list! Hikes from Padilla Bay to Baker Lake await you. Skagit Kid Insider has compiled a few of our favorite maps and websites below for you to pick and choose what types of hikes are right for your family.
Skagit County Walking & Trail Guide
Interested in getting the family outside for a quick hike without having to drive to the mountains? Check out the Skagit County Walking & Trail Guide. This hiking guide includes directions and details about many local walking areas and trails. Numbers on the map correspond to detailed descriptions including degree of difficulty, length, location and a brief description. You can't get more useful than that!
Skagit County Recommended Hikes for Kids
Port of Skagit Pathways is flat enough for strollers and little bikes
Little Mountain Park has 10 miles of trails and an amazing viewpoint
Anacortes Community Forest Lands (ACFL) have 2,800 acres and 50 miles of multiple use trails
Northern State Recreation Area is a mostly flat area to walk through and look at old buildings
Padilla Bay Trail connects to Bay View State Park and is also stroller and toddler bike friendly
Many other hikes in Skagit County are just a short drive away. Deception Pass is a beautiful place to hike with the family. There are trails on both sides of the bridge. What a great place to take a picnic and also be able to play in the water after your hike!
The 1200+ mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail also crosses through Skagit County. You can access the trail north of Concrete near Baker Lake. The trail continues west towards Chuckanut Drive and then south through Edison. Another trailhead is located off of Barrel Springs Road in the Blanchard Mountain Trail System. From there it continues south to Memorial Hwy and then heads west again to Fidalgo Island/Anacortes, where it crosses the Deception Pass bridge and heads out towards the Olympic Peninsula.
Hiking Websites & Apps We Like
For more hikes within a short distance from home, Skagit Kid Insider loves AllTrails.com!! You can search for trails by location and it also has a mobile app. It also lets you search trails by driving distance, length of trail, and duration of time it would take you to complete.
The Washington Trails Association also has a fantastic website with a companion mobile app. You can access any number of hikes here, along with actual hiker's feedback.
The Cascade Hiker takes his two adorable girls on local hikes and some a bit further away. We love his tips on taking kids on longer hikes and also the pictures of what we will encounter along the way.