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Outdoor Activities

Looking for fun activities that get the entire family outside for the day?  Kid insider is the only local resource for all family oriented outdoor activities in Whatcom County.  From biking and hiking to visiting our local farms, you are bound to find something that will interest even the most tech-addicted kid!

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Whatcom County Hiking

Mother and Child Hiking in Skagit CountyThere are too many opportunities for hiking in Whatcom County to list! Hikes from Birch Bay to Mount Baker await you. Kid insider has compiled a few of our favorite maps and websites below for you to pick and choose what types of hikes are right for your family.

Interested in getting the family outside for a quick hike without having to drive to the mountains? Check out the Full Bellingham Trail Guide. This guide includes directions and details about many walking areas and trails within the city of Bellingham. The guide gives detailed descriptions including degree of difficulty, length, mileage and maps. You can't get more useful than that!

Some additional links to local maps are listed below:

whatcom county hiking twin lakes2Many of the hikes on the Whatcom County Parks and Recreation website are just a short drive away. This website gives a detailed list of the parks and trails. Click on the park or trail that is listed to get details about it. 

For more hikes within a short distance from home, Kid insider loves AllTrails.com!! You can search for trails by location, like your zip code. It also lets you search trails by driving distance, length of trail, and duration of time it would take you to complete. The website has reviews from people like you about each trail. It includes "MapQuest-like" directions to the trailheads. By registering (for free) on the website, you can keep track of your activity on the site. This might include saving your completed trails or leaving reviews about your experiences.

bellingham hikeThe Washington Trails Association also has a fantastic website. You can access any number of hikes here, along with actual hiker's feedback. Click on the "Find a Hike" tab and then click on "Hike Guide" from here you can either enter the hike name and click "search" or if you want to find a hike you click "Region" and a drop down menu opens. At this point, you can chose "North Cascades" and then narrow your search further by choosing from the drop down menu below "Region". For instance, if you choose "Mount Baker Highway" it will show you all the hikes in that area when you click "search".

The Skagit-Whatcom-Island Trail Maintaining Organization (SWITMO) has great maps on their site.