Tips and Tricks for Hiking with Kids
- Ask if they want to go on an “adventure” not a “hike.”
- Take breaks based on kids’ needs and wants, not yours.
- Carry an arsenal of distractions: lots of games, lots of enticing snacks.
- Have a destination at hike’s end. Water locations (lakes, rivers, waterfalls) are particularly good, especially if the kids can play in them.
- Children up to age 3 tend to “wander” not “hike.”
- 3-year-olds may be able to hike up to a mile on easy, flat terrain.
- At age 4, longer hikes may become possible, with distance increasing from 1 mile to several miles over the next few years.