Backpacking can be a great experience for families. With minimal access to electronics, and plenty of time together, it's a great opportunity to bond and experience something new at the same time.
Where to Go: East Bank Baker Lake Trail, Washington—Best time is early spring through early fall
What to Do: The low elevation of this trail on Mt. Baker, with little to no elevation gain throughout the trek, makes it perfect for backpacking with kids. The thick forest provides plenty of space for exploration, and well-placed campsites make it easy for your family to rest.
Spend your first night at the Maple Grove Campground, 2.5 miles from the trailhead, and explore nearby trails for the rest of the day.
Your next stop is 4.5 miles from the trailhead: Noisy Creek Campground. Located on a peninsula on Bear Lake, this is the perfect place to cool off and rest for the night.
Crawl out of your tent early enough to catch the sunrise over Baker Lake and fuel up before your trip back.
Insider Tip: This is a dog-friendly trail, so bring the whole family—dog and all.