Hiking with kids is like doing pretty much anything else with kids. A little bit trickier. You have to slow down, factor the elements and their abilities, be prepared, and of course have hoards of snacks. Here’s one thing we hadn’t thought of that is now an absolute must, a hiking pack for your kiddo! We all did a big Small Fry hike this week and the boys had their own little packs with the built in water pouch and tube.They all sipped on water the whole way up and back and we had to stop a fraction as many times as normal. This Osprey HydraJet pack is our new favorite. Super light weight, mesh pockets and lining so not too hot, and zippered pockets and pouches for the boys to stash their own snacks and treasures.
Another must is a kid carrier. We love baby wearing wraps and front carriers, but when you’re braving a mountain side you gotta have the harnessing system and that custom fit that only a hiking carrier can provide. This one right here is the Poco. You can detach that front pack for non-kid hikes,comes with a changing pad, a sunshade, easy side pockets for your phone, their pacifier, or any other frequently grabbed-for items. And of course that hip belt that makes a carrier feel like air. You can watch all the features in action right here. We love having our littlest hikers cheek to cheek. Makes sharing the hike and scenery even easier than our big boys who love to run ahead and leave us in the dust. 🙂We are huge advocates for getting outside in nature with our kids everyday. Some hikes are bigger productions, and some are just more like walking, but you can’t beat that fresh mountain air!
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SilverLake – a beautiful lake-side walk with a wood boardwalk trail in Salt Lake City. Great for strollers!
The Grotto – A 15-30 minute hike/walk into a waterfall! Perfect for kids and super pretty.
Cascade Springs – a Provo Canyon boardwalk through babbling Spring water!
Donut Falls – another SLC (Big Cottonwood) water fall hike! Gorgeous and the kids love that the waterfall is circular like a donut.
Bridal Veil Falls – easy drive up and park access or you can take the short paved trail. Provo Canyon. Another great stroller hike.
Escalante Trail – Spanish Fork walking hike with amazing views!
Battle Creek Falls – Another waterfall trail in Pleasant Grove, a moderately steep hike in parts but totally doable by even our two year olds last Summer!