Best Hikes with Kids

The Book Shelf

By Bonnie Henderson
bookshelfFall is the perfect time to head out into the mountains for a little exploration with the little ones – the crowds are gone, the temperatures are cooler and if you’re lucky, you might catch some autumn color.  First things first, though – don’t forget to consult Bonnie Henderson’s Best Hikes with Kids Oregon before planning your day.  Native Oregonian, Henderson has compiled this wonderful guidebook, consisting of 100 of the most kid-friendly hikes in the state of Oregon.  The book is easy to read, with a numbered map of the state indicating where each hike is located and directing you to the appropriate page and description.  Readers will find that each trail description has a map, driving directions to the trailhead, approximate length, and difficulty.  This information is invaluable if you are planning a day with your whole family, since the length and terrain of a hike can make or break the outdoor experience for little legs.  There are several choices for varying levels or ages:  E for easy, M for moderate and C for challenging.  There is even information on accessibility depending on the season.  Do you have hearty kids dying to make their first mountain summit?  Henderson has a list of kid-friendly peaks for kids, including Iron Mountain, Tumalo Mountain and Black Butte.  This guide is packed with useful information and a must-have for all Oregon families.

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