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Fairly new to the site and was hopping for some general advice.
I would like to hike the Wonderland trail (Mt. Rainer, Washington State) next year (2012) with my son, he will be 10 at the time. I would love my daughter to come to, but at 14 I don't think it's going to happen. She has to many important things to do! :)- Anyway, I was thinking of making it a full two week trip, with restocks along the way. Hiking would be between 8 to 10 miles a day with several layovers at different points to rest up and enjoy the sights.
We are both going to need to get in shape before the hike, me much more then him. But I am worried about the trail it's self and the overall amount of hiking for him (son). We do a lot of camping, hike is some place spend a few days and hike out, but never something like this. On these types of trips he has no problem caring his own gear and some of the general gear, usually around 15 lbs. But like I said, not sure how he would hold up for a longer period of hiking.
Maybe I am just being a overly worried parent! :) But it would really suck if the trip was not very enjoyable and he had a really hard time.
So some specific questions:
- Anyone hiked the whole thing with children?
- Is gas stoves the only option for cooking? I was thinking about a small wood-gas stove, to burn sticks and the like to cut down on fuel usage.
- Any recommendations on when to go? It looks like late summer would be best. I realize that it would depend a lot on the snow pack.
- If you think this might be to much for a first big hike, are their any other loop hikes that you would recommend. We live in western Washington and I don't want to head out of state at this point.
- One other idea I had was to take several longer hikes over the fall and spring this year and next to get us in shape and build up endurance. Dose this seem like a reasonable idea, and if so any hike suggestions?
Thanks for any and all help!!