It’s been officially two years since we’ve moved to the Pacific Northwest. We left all our friends and family to embark on a new journey with 18 month twins in tow and only one job. Fast forward, we are grateful we made the move looking back at all the life changes and places we have explored in the region. There is so much to see, and we have probably touched on ten percent.
For the 4th of July weekend, we decided to do a road trip to Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Park area. With Covid, we felt like local trips within the state are the safest route for our family to get out and still maintain social distancing. The drive from Bellevue took us about 2 hours and 15 minutes with one stop at Dairy Queen. We can’t help but stop there on our road trips!
Airbnb- Snowater Resort and Condominiums
Day 1 (Friday)- We stayed at the Snowater Condos in Glacier, WA. This is the closest town to the start of Mt. Baker. It is situated along the Nooksack River with views of the forest. This was perfect for our family of 4. Unfortunately, the swimming pool and indoor amenities were closed, but we still took full advantage of the tennis courts and trails.
We arrived at the condo around 1pm, and just chilled for a few hours. We were tired from driving, and just wanted to lay around and relax. The twins found colored pencils, and colored in their books. I picked out a book from the host’s wide selection from the shelf while Nick spent his time looking up hikes nearby to map out the weekend.
Around 5pm, we decided to venture out close by to the Nooksack Falls. It was rainy, so the river was fierce. The falls itself is blocked off, so I felt this attraction was disappointing. The area was super muddy from the rain, so make sure to wear rain boots or hiking boots for traction.
Next, we attempted Glacier Creek, but wasn’t able to find the trailhead. With the rain and all the driving, it wasn’t worth the effort. We headed back to the Airbnb for dinner and more downtime. After all, we are on vacation!
Day 2 (Saturday)- We took off around 10am to the National Park.
First stop was Picture Lake. Super easy and a flat loop around the lake. There was still snow on some parts.
Second stop- Bagley Lake most of the trail was snowed over, so we had to hike very carefully especially with kids. This was the perfect spot for lunch. I packed us sandwiches, chips and fruit snacks. Great place to sit in peace and quiet taking in the views.
Third stop – Artist Point we attempted to go here, but the road up was closed off. We kept our car at the Heather Meadow’s lot, and walked past the road closure onto the main road. Since this was a holiday weekend, it was pretty crowded. We didn’t make it up to the top, but stopped at the visitor center for great pictures looking down to where we just had lunch.
The twins were exhausted from all the hiking, and had enough for the day. We headed back to the Airbnb which was about 40 mins away. We played tennis at the resort, took a walk along the river and grilled some steaks.
Day 3 (Sunday)- this was our final day. We lucked out and the sun finally came out! We headed to Twin Lakes Trailhead Washington (406) 821-3269 https://goo.gl/maps/Q9VEhwftvjUYPXZGA the drive up was pretty bumpy, so I would recommend an SUV or at minimum AWD. There are some deep potholes and breaks along the way. It took us 40 minutes to drive up seven miles. One mile from the trailhead was covered in snow, so we parked and hiked up. The views were amazing along the way. The higher up we got, the more snow we saw. I wouldn’t say this is kid friendly, but my kids made it through. Once we got to the trailhead, we stopped for lunch. The lakes were frozen over, so we weren’t able to get the blue water views we were looking for.
Although, we didn’t continue on after getting to the trailhead, the hike up was definitely worth it. The views of green mountains and snow covered mountains surrounding us were jaw dropping.
I would recommend going in late July or August if you don’t want to worry about the snow. The Twin Lakes Trail would have required snow shoes, and we just weren’t prepared for that. Luckily, the twins were wearing their snow boots, so we did get past a lot, but it would have been better if we came prepared with our snow spikes.
Here’s a list of great hikes curated from my friend Dan. I did research before on short hikes that would be kid friendly. However, I think his list covers them all.
Just LOOK some of these sample hikes!