Family Friendly Hikes

FAMILY FRIENDLY HIKES!!!

SKYKOMISH RANGER DISTRICT

BARCLAY CREEK TRAIL

Follow an unpaved creek along Barclay Creek for 2.2 miles to the terminus at the lake. Perfect for a first-time backpacker; the trail-end features camping spots along a secluded lake.

THE IRON GOAT TRAIL

Follow the former great northern railroads grade over Stevens Pass. Three trailheads offer options to begin your hike: Martin Creek, Scenic and Wellington. The scenic trailhead does not require a Northwest Forest Pass to park. The nearly 3 mile long lower grade between Scenic and Martin Creek is barrier free and wheelchair- accessible. A 3 mile barrier- free trail section from Wellington to the Windy Point tunnel is moderate in difficulty.

DECEPTION FALLS TRAIL

A short 0.2 mile round trip paved trail starting at the picnic area offers exceptional views of beautiful waterfalls. A 0.6 mile hike is also an option which features interpretive signs, old growth forest, waterfalls, and rapids. No pass or parking fee required. Deception Creek originates in Alpine Lakes Wilderness, providing a chance to experience a little piece of wilderness tumbling to this threshold of civilization!

SNOQUALMIE RANGER DISTRICT

JOHN MUIR NATURE TRAIL

This 0.5 mile round trip trail winds through large old-growth timber. The Civilian Conservation Corps built the trail in 1935 at the same time as the Dalles Campground, where the trailhead is located.

FRANKLIN FALLS

A favorite hike for families, the Franklin Falls Trail follows the south fork of the Snoqualmie River, skirting a canyon with glimpses of deep pools and cascades in the river below as it descends the upper South Fork Valley below Snoqualmie Pass.  At just 2 miles round trip, Franklin Falls is a great hike for all ages looking to see one of western Washington’s most iconic waterfalls.

GOLD CREEK POND

The Gold Creek Pond trail provides exceptional distant views of the Gold Creek Valley and Chikamin Peak in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  This 2.3 mile round trip barrier-free interpretive trail loops around the pond, providing views of the gold creek valley and ample opportunities to observe wildlife, especially in the evenings. Tables, barbecues, garbage cans and portable toilets furnish a picnic area.

MT. BAKER RANGER DISTRICT

ARTIST RIDGE

This 1 mile paved, barrier-free interpretive trail loops around from the artist point trail head to the end of Mt. Baker Highway. One of the best view points in the area and is usually snow free by mid-summer.

FIRE AND ICE

Interpretive signs along the 0.5 mile loop trail tell the story of the landscape, from volcanic eruptions to ice age glaciers. The first half of the trail is universally accessible and culminates with scenic views of Bagley Lakes. Heather Meadows Visitor Center parking lot marks the beginning of the trail.

PICTURE LAKE PATH

Picture Lake is the centerpiece of a strikingly beautiful landscape in the Heather Meadows area. The 0.5 mile barrier-free loop trail is home to one of the most photographed visas in America. A combination of pavement and boardwalk makes this trail universally accessible.

SHADOW OF THE SENTINELS

A 0.5 mile round trip, barrier-free interpretive trail is great for all ages. The trail winds through dense forest. Signs along the route explain the dynamic history of this 500-year old ecosystem which features some of the largest trees in western Washington.

DARRINGTON RANGER DISTRICT

GOLD BASIN MILL POND

Gold basin mill pond is former timber mill log pond, now a salmon rearing pond. A 1 mile paved wheelchair-accessible trail leads to a floating viewing platform.

OLD SAUK RIVER

This serene trail follows the wild and scenic Sauk River through dense mossy forest. This 6 mile round trip hike is great for folks who don’t want a hard hike but still want to spend most of their day on the trail. For kids and adults alike, Old Sauk is great for a day hike!

BIG FOUR TRAIL

Big Four Trail is an easy walk on a wide gravel and boardwalk path to views of Big Four Mountain.  This 2 mile round trip trail winds through forests, crosses the Stillaguamish River and opens into a beautiful basin at the base of Big Four Mountain. The trail is accessible and gains only 200 feet. The 4,000-foot face of big four mountain features the lowest elevation glacier in the lower 49 states.

WARNING: ICE CAVES KILL. The ice caves should only be viewed from the designated trail. Fatalities have occurred from falling ice within the caves and from sliding rock and ice within the surrounding debris field.

 

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PARKING AND RECREATION PASSES

Recreation passes are required to park at most trailhead parking lots. Visitors can purchase a $5-day pass or $30 annual NW forest pass at Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest ranger stations, visitor centers and partnering vendors.

Search for vendors at: www.fs.fed.us/portaldata/r6/passes/vendors.php

 

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