Hiking can create family fun for children of all ages.
Seattle Children's Doctor, Doug Diekema, developed a passion for the outdoors as a kid. A passion that he has passed on to his own children and now wants to share with others.
When the whole family goes hiking it's important to stay safe and that means preparing for every possibility. "For parents, I'd say it's no riskier than anything they do in the city but it's a different environment," said Doctor Diekema.
He recommends parents carry a backpack with all the essentials for all those "what if" moments.
Doctor Diekema recommends that you take your child's age in years and that's about how many miles they're going to be able to walk. So a three-year-old is probably going to be able to walk around three miles, a six-year-old around six.