A Classic First Hike: North Central Washington Adventures












Ever since I gave birth to our daughter, I had anxiously awaited the day when I would feel both well and confident enough to take our daughter on her first hike. That day finally came when she was 5 weeks and 5 days old. Steve and I packed the diaper bag and headed out to the Hidden Lake trailhead. The trail is very short, just a half mile, so it is a classic first hike for kids and great for a postpartum mom. Three years ago we took our nephews there, one of whom we pulled along in a red wagon. Once our daughter is walking, I’m sure we will take her to Hidden Lake again.



A few weeks ago, I would not found as much adventure in a half mile hike, but our little daughter has changed all that. Breastfeeding in the spray of a mountain stream: that’s adventure. Changing a diaper on a boulder: that’s adventure. I am being stretched in a new way and I love it!













Although short, the trail is lovely. It meanders through cedars and pines and there are views of Lake Wenatchee and Dirty Face Peak. The lake has several access points for swimming and splashing. Since the hike to the lake flies by quickly, we decided to follow a boot path around the lake. Although it led to some great views of the lake and to several pleasant streams, I can only recommend a small portion of it to families with small kid because the trail is littered with downed trees. However, if you take a right when you reach the lake, you can follow a fairly clear trail to a fun stream. Look out for the massive devils club and skunk cabbage. Just be aware: there are some deep mud holes. I nearly lost my hiking sandal in one!



If you go:

Because it is easy to access, this is a busy trail. Try to go on a weekday or at the beginning or end of the hiking season.We went on a Sunday in late September and we saw5 or 6 other parties.

Driving Directions from WTA website

From Everett head east on US 2 for 85 miles to Coles Corner. (From Leaven-worth travel west on US 2 for 15 miles.) Turn left (north) onto State Route 207 (signed for Lake Wenatchee) and proceed 3.5 miles, turning left onto Cedar Brae Road (signed for the south entrance of Lake Wenatchee State Park). In 0.4 mile bear left at the state park entrance, following Cedar Brae Road for another 3.4 miles to the pavement’s end, where the road becomes Forest Road 6750. Bear left again in another 0.4 mile, and turn left at 0.9 mile to reach the trailhead (elev. 2075 ft). Privy available.




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