Starting them young is the best way to get your kids to develop a love for hiking, and the introduction doesn’t need to be put on hold in the winter. There are many hiking trails that are generally family friendly, and which young children can manage, even in the colder months. Check out the following possibilities for a hike with all the family this winter season.
Trout Lake, Vancouver, Canada
Although the destination is said to be at its best in the warmer months, Trout Lake is also worth a visit in the winter. The short hike makes it suitable for parents with young families, who might not want to spend too much time outside in the cold. You can expect a typical hike around Trout Lake to take less than 30 minutes. However, should hiking lose its appeal, you’ll also find several nearby attractions. For example, there’s a skating rink, sport center and community center.
Rattlesnake Ledge, Washington
Residents and visitors in the Washington area have numerous short hiking trails to pick from, and one of the most notable is Rattlesnake Ledge. A lot of work goes into maintaining the trail, so it should be fairly easy for little legs to navigate. And as detailed on the website, there are several ‘switchbacks’ to make the hike that bit easier. Rattlesnake Ledge is generally family friendly and there’s a winter progam of free events available too.
Mill Creek Canyon, Utah
There are several trails at Mill Creek Canyon, but we’ll focus on the Little Water Trail. The trail is short and considered suitable for kids, but there are varied opinions on how challenging the track is. While you’re there, the Big Water Trail might also interest you. Although it’s longer, the Big Water Trail has a more even terrain, so it’s less of a challenge in that respect.
Johnston Canyon, Alberta, Canada
Situated at Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, the Johnston Canyon is open throughout the year. The views are glorious all year round, but in the winter, they can be particularly magical due to the icy waterfalls and canyon walls. It’s also an area that is popular with ice climbers, and they often gather there in winter if the conditions are right.
Johnson Canyon is known for its smooth terrain, so it should be suitable for children. However, this can change in winter. Anyone planning a visit should gear up with extra warm clothing, and footwear with a firm grip just in case.
Perkiomen Trail, Pennsylvania
Located in Pennsylvania and measuring approximately 20 miles, the Perkiomen Trail is longer than most of the others featured. However, it’s equally suited to cycling and horse riding, so these are options if a hike seems like too much. Moreover, with several points of interest along the way, including the Pennypacker Mills, there’s plenty of opportunity to take a break.
Claude Moore Park
Claude Moore Park is home to deer and foxes, and it’s a good area for nature watching overall. There are more than 11 miles of hiking trails, and there are a good number of other venues to visit, like the Heritage Museum and the recreation center. Or try the picnic space for an afternoon with the family. The winter season runs from December to February and there’s an active program of events available. Activity guides are available online for download.
The winter months don’t have to mean staying indoors. There’s no shortage of hiking trails that remain family friendly throughout the year. And children usually relish the chance to get out in the snow, so don’t let some cold weather put you off. However, whichever trail you choose, always dress well, go prepared, and check the latest updates and guidance for the winter weather.
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