Kid Friendly Trails

2 kids hiking along a gravel lake trailsVisitors often ask about trails they could take that are 'kid friendly'. They want hikes they can do in a half day, are suitable for small children, or and go to a lake or stream.  The trails listed below are ones which we often recommend or have been suggested by other visitors. They are grouped by their location from the nearest community.


Near Baker City

Anthony Lake Area

Trail Name Length (miles) Trail features
Anthony Lake Shoreline (#1605) 0.8  Lake-side, fishing, birding
Black Lake (#1600 & 1600A) 1.2  Lake at end of hike

Phillips Lake Area

Trail/Area Name Length (miles) Trail Features
Powder River Interpretive Area(#1613) 1  Stream-side, fishing, birding
Indian Rock (#1648) 1.5  Views of Phillips Lakes
Phillip Lake South Shoreline (#1610) 6.6  Lake-side, fishing, birding
Phillip Lake North Shoreline (#1608) 6.6  Lake-side, fishing, birding

Near La Grande

Trail/Area Name Length (miles) Trail Features
Oregon Trail Interpretive Park  3.3  Historic interpretive displays along multiple trails
Bird Track Springs Interpretive Area  1.6  Interpretive displays along Grande Ronde River, One main trail and 5 smaller spur trails

Suggested Pack Items

To make the hike more enjoyable for the family, consider taking these items along.

  • Day packs for adults and kids
  • Water bottles for everyone
  • Snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Light coat or fleece jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Hiking or trekking pole
  • Birding, wildlife or wildflowers identification books