Besides the extensive trails available at some of Seattle’s great parks (Discovery Park, Lincoln Park, Seward Park, and Ballard Locks–just to name a few); there are several accessible day hikes within a short drive of the city.
Twin Falls State Park: only 35 miles east of the city, the first mile is flat and has lots of exciting natural features to explore.
Cougar Mountain: located between Newcastle and Issaquah, packing in a quick day-hike doesn’t get much more convenient. Also, because of the area’s mining history, it’s easy to combine nature hike with history lesson for a well-rounded, educational outing!
Check out Best Hikes With Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades at your local library branch for more great ideas, and visit the Seattle Parks & Recreation website for in-city options.
Before embarking, be sure to let someone know where you are going and your plan/route. Pack a first aid kit, rain gear, water, and snacks! Have fun!