I participate in quite a bit of hiking with my family. Nothing overly ambitious since I have three kids, ages 4-10, in tow but definitely a hike with some distance and a little bit of incline and lots of forested, mountainous or water views. We'll hike for maybe 2-4 hours and most importantly for me I want to be comfortable, have ease with any movements I need to make and of course be prepared with snacks, water, sun shade or to keep warm/cool. Seattle has great hiking in a relatively close proximity to the urban life. There are hikes within the city limits and you can drive 30 minutes and hike a mountain if you want. But my love of hiking has grown a lot over the last year and with summer here I want to partake as much as I can!
Here are some of my essentials.