Short Hikes In and Around Seattle


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What’s the use of living in or visiting Seattle, the Emerald City, if you don’t get to see the greenery that lends the city its nickname?

The Pacific Northwest’s close proximity to nature—the beaches, the forest,  and the mountains—makes this region perfect for outdoor lovers. Seattle is rich in these natural locations, what with being surrounded by water on one side and lush hills on the other.

If you want to explore these places, hiking is the best way to go about it. The good thing is, there are lots of trails that are kid-friendly, so this activity is perfect even if you have little ones in the family. Afterwards, you can stay at an affordable hotel in Seattle as a reward, but for now, check out these kid-friendly hiking trails in and around Seattle to see why the city is such a gem:

Snoqualmie Falls

Located about half an hour’s car ride away from Seattle, the short and wide gravel trail that leads up to Snoqualmie Falls is a crowd favorite, seeing about 1.5 million visitors a week. The trail starts at the upper falls viewpoint, then descends about 250 feet within 0.4 miles.

Along the way, there is educational signage that teach about the flora and fauna that can be found on the trail, as well as facts about the local Native American culture. At the end of the trail, you’ll get to enjoy a stunning view of the 268-foot wall of water that drops from the falls.

Tiger Mountain

The entirety of Tiger Mountain has more than 15 miles of forest space available for exploration. But the little ones can enjoy different and mostly shorter trails like the Swamp Monster, Bus, and Around the Lake trails.

The Swamp Monster trail is mostly level all throughout, with fun plaques that detail the adventures of “Zoe” as she encounters various creatures and the story about the mythical Swamp Monster. The Bus trail, meanwhile, is wide and wheelchair/stroller-friendly and loops around the wreckage of an old bus. The Around the Lake trail loops around Lake Tradition and is perfect for spotting wildlife in the lush forest foliage.

If you plan on visiting these trails, you’ll need a Discover Pass so don’t forget to buy yours if you don’t already have an annual pass.

Boulder River Trail

Young families that are feeling more adventurous can enjoy the views of the riverside and waterfalls at Boulder River trail just off the Mountain Loop Highway. This seven-mile out-and-back trail is filled with beautiful foliage, with towering moss-draped trees and the sound of pounding waterfalls accompanying you as you go.

About 1.25 miles in, you’ll reach twin waterfalls with benches to sit on so you can admire the falls’ beauty. Hike further down the river and you’ll reach a perfect lunch spot. The kids can also safely wade through this part of the river, perfect for cooling down in the middle of a hike.

Seattle is the Place to Be

If you want the convenience of a nearby city and the refreshing adventures that nature offers, the city of Seattle can satisfy those desires. Whether you live here or you’re just passing through, make sure to enjoy what the Emerald City has to offer.

Let the Executive Inn be your partner in exploring Seattle. Get the most out of your stay with plenty of amenities available at affordable prices, and utilize our resource area with pamphlets on hundreds of outdoor activities around Seattle!  For reservations, contact us today.

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