Getting Kids Out Into Nature

Mountain Loop Highway

The Mountain Loop Highway is a scenic and accessible road that hooks hikers up with a wide variety of kid-friendly hikes. From old growth forests, to river valley walks, to waterfalls, to quiet lakes and even ice caves, families will find something for everyone. Because the loop can be accessed from two different directions, I’ve split the hike descriptions up. The middle part of the road between Darrington and Verlot closes every winter due to snow. Most of the loop is paved two-lane highway, but the back section is a windy, potholed gravel road, and takes some time to drive. Hikes closer to the towns are accessible year-round, while other hikes are best left until summer when the snow melts. {March, 2017 – this is the list I’m currently working on this month! Keep checking back for my writeups. In the meantime, you can search for these hikes on wta.org.}

From the Darrington side:

Boulder River Waterfalls

Old Sauk River

Beaver Lake

North Fork Sauk Falls

From the Granite Falls side:

Lime Kiln

Old Robe Canyon

Heather Lake

Gold Basin Mill Pond Interpretive Trail

Lake 22

Ashland Lakes

Boardman Lake

Youth-on-Age Nature Trail

Kelcema Lake

Independence Lake

Big Four Ice Caves