Kids: How-to Guides

You enjoy taking trips into the backcountry and now you want to try backpacking with your kids. There is really no wrong age to take a child on their first trip. Though, depending on age, trail difficulty and length will vary. Most kids can walk about a half-mile for each year of age (2.5-mile hike for a five-year-old). Choose a trail relatively close to home and short in distance (in case of emergencies). Children respond well to games or songs sung on the trail; choosing hikes with a fun-filled ending (swimming hole) is great motivation. Remember to keep the mood and load light to ensure a good time. Our articles share experiences, tips and safety precautions for backpacking with your kids.