Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great family hike for young children.Beautiful scenery.Well maintained trail.

Great family friendly hike. I brought my two year old and he had a blast. Had to keep him away from the edge on some parts but overall easy short hike with lots to see!!!

The trail was great, little muddy in spots being repaired. But the lakes were beautiful!

Easy, lake, great view on the way

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1 day ago

Easy trail and easy hike for all ages. It was packed and parking was a slight issue but otherwise a great hike.

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1 day ago

This was a great hike. The only downside was the road to the hike. It was really rocky and if we didn't have a SUV we probably would have scratched the underside. The lake is still frozen with slushy snow that last little bit. My 6 y.o. daughter had a lot of fun but was tired. We would definitely do it again.

Lovely hike! Beautiful lakes, the trail is shaded, the portion to Talapus was well maintained, the part to Olallie wasn’t as well marked and was a bit washed out at some sections, no snow on trail.

So much snow. The trail is clear up to the lake. Past the lake it’s impassible because of the snow. Caution advised for the day hikers

beautiful lake

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2 days ago

Decided to check this one out today and found a very well maintained dirt road. We started at the Dalles Ridge trail head.Trail was easy to follow except for one large snowfield about 1.5 miles in. luckily there was great reception and we were able to follow to follow the map to guide to the other side. There were a few trees down over the trail prior to the snow field but the were easily stepped over or walked around. After that the trail was great until you could see your end point. then there was one more snow patch that covered the trail and was very steep. We took it slow and made it past that to a great view. we were so busy looking at the fire damage and views on the first half and all the scenery on the second we didn't even realize how far we had hiked once we reached the end.

Great alpine lake hike. Minimal snow

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3 days ago

06.16.2018 Very easy trail for kids. High traffic today, possibly because it’s Saturday. Highly recommend hiking boots because some parts are wet and muddy. Next time I’ll bring a towel because I got pretty close to the fall and got wet. On the way back we took the Wagon Trail to end with a loop and avoid the traffic of people on the Franklin Falls Trail; was way quicker to get back to the parking lot.

We went on Monday the 11th, and had a wonderful time. Instead of taking the Franklin Falls trail, we took the Old Wagon Trail to Franklin Falls and only ran into two groups while walking. We had a much quieter time, highly recommend if you don't mind crossing the road a few times (though the trail is clearly marked with spray paint), the falls were gorgeous and the hike was short and sweet.

Lovely place with beautiful grounds and hot hot springs that melt away aching foot pain

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6 days ago

I hiked the Summit Lake trail today: 5/13. I was the only one on the trail. Below Summit Lake, there is still some snow covering the trail but it is easy to follow the trail up to the lake. Hiking boots are sufficient. Summit Lake is iced over and the last 0.5 mike of the trail is completely covered in snow. After post-holing about a dozen times, I turned back about 800 yards from the top. If you are going beyond the Southeast side of Summit Lake, I recommend taking snow shoes. It was also snowing/sleeting pretty heavy above Summit Lake which didn’t help with following the trail. As for the road, it does suck but the first 100 yards is the worst by far. A stock Grand Cherokee had no problem at all with clearance. If you don’t bottom out right after the bridge; you’ll be fine. The road actually improves as you ascending.

6/13/18: Went with my wife (mid 20s), her two sisters (mid 20s), and her parents (mid 50s). Took us just under 2 hours total and was a total of 3 miles. It was a rainy day so not many people on the trail and we were the only ones at the waterfall. Pretty easy hike overall and trail is very well kept. Would recommend hiking boots since it’s pretty muddy and there’s some rocks you have to climb down at the end to get to the waterfall. Waterfall and river are beautiful and you can walk right up to it. Nice easy and short hike!

Short, easy, awesome, great scenery, and can get right next to the waterfall. Must do and 100x better than Snoqualmie Falls

This is one of my favorite hikes it’s short and sweet.The trail is great very well-maintained. The only negatives is it’s hard to park especially in the winter when they close the road.The other hard thing is when you get to the end it’s kind of hard to climb down and climbing down is the best part so it’s a little difficult if you have multiple little kids. The very end part that’s hard to get down is covered in big rocks that you have to climb over and it’s a little steep there but it only takes about 5 to 10 minutes to get through that part

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7 days ago

It’s not a difficult trail, there is a lot natural beauty and a little bit of the history about the Great Northern Railway.

nice climb to the top, maintained trail and great view once you get to the outlook. We went early to beat the crowds.

Hiked 6/10/18. Both lakes were really pretty, but Olallie moreso. I recommend going all the way up. There was a little bit of snow still on the trail, but nothing terrible. I made it up in tennis shoes without issue. Would definitely do again.

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike even in the rain! Trail was wet and had standing water, but was not terrible. Trail is in great condition and the campsites are clean. We will be back to backpack this summer!

This was an absolutely beautiful and easy trail to take, and we went at 9 in the morning so there was very little foot traffic until we were pulling out of the parking lot. Get there early, and you’ll be fine!
We just moved to Washington, and our home goods are still being shipped here so we chose an easier trail that didn’t require much beyond our tennis shoes and workout clothes. We took the Wagon Trail on the way out to make it a loop, and that was very quiet with less hikers. Don’t let rain or an early rise stop you from getting out!

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10 days ago

Very thick snow on the trail, especially close to the summit. It was very slippery and hard to climb for the last few hundred yards because of all the snow covered slopes. The view was spectacular.

Did this one at sixish this morning was the only one on the trail it was gorgeous and wonderful!

was a quick and easy hike. tool my 14 month old with on a pack, and she did great!

hiking
15 days ago

The road is snow free to the parking lot. The trail is partially snow covered starting at the first lake, but is passible using just hiking boots. Summit lake is still frozen. The road is rough as many have described, recommend a high clearance vehicle.

Roads are really bumpy but no snow on the road just on the side I was able to make it to the trail head :) was just a crazy road but my goal is to see the amazing view point :)

It was a short and easy hike. Took me less than an hour to reach the lake. I had a dog with me and it was definitely a dog friendly trail, I’ve seen people hiking with their kids too. I arrived just before 8am and a few cars were already there, mostly for campers who are already camping at lake. Came back down little after 11am, parking lot was crowded and cars were parked along roads. Not sure if that was normal or because it was national trails day, free-fee day. It is a good trail for people who haven’t hiked for long time or people who are interested in primitive camping, there are several campsites w fire pits around the lake.

Very easy but a pleasant stop if you've been driving a while and need a rest. Beautiful view of the falls.

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