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3 easy and kid-friendly fall hikes

See fall colors, salmon or a spectacular suspension bridge

Celebrate the new season with three easy, kid-friendly fall hikes.

Whether your kid runs ahead like a fleet-footed mountain goat or slides along like a spotted slug, here are a few places around the Seattle area where you can enjoy the journey with kids in tow:

Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation
Perhaps the highlight of this hike is traversing the 500-foot suspension bridge over the Snoqualmie River. Or it may be playing on the shore: throwing rocks, building dams and floating boats on the smaller streams. Take this easy kid-friendly fall hike and be sure to spot the fisherman casting their lines out on the river.
Easy. 12 miles round trip. Tip: Rent a yurt, camp out or bring your RV to extend your stay.

Carkeek Park, Seattle
The best time to visit Carkeek is in November and December, when a run of Chum salmon makes its way up Piper’s Creek, which is flanked by a stroller-friendly gravel trail. More rugged back trails offer a tour of the woods. Stop at the playground and the beach for more kid friendly activities. Choo! Choo! Watch the trains pass by too.
Easy. 3.5 miles round trip.

Gold Creek Pond, Snoqualmie Pass
Huckleberry bushes and fiery red maples put on a fine show of color along this stroller-friendly loop. If you know where to look, you might spy spawning Kokanee salmon (red, with green heads). Bring lunch and picnic by the picturesque mountain pond and then take the walk in the opposite direction to head home.
Easy. 1 mile round trip. Note: The road to the parking lot is riddled with potholes. Beware of your car’s tires.


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