Alpine Lakes Trail Hike

My brother in law was in town recently so we thought it would be fun to take the kids hiking in one of my favorite areas in all of the PNW; Leavenworth.  About an hour drive from Ellensburg,  Leavenworth is a quaint Bavarian tourist town known for great hiking and delicious brauts.  We arrived expecting rain but instead had lots of sunshine.  The afternoon was a blast!  We hiked a small segment of the Alpine Lakes Trail, one we are all most familiar with.  It is by no means an easy trek (all up hill with lots of switchbacks), but we figured we would see how much the kids could handle before the inevitable meltdown served as a signal for us to head back to the car.  5 minutes in the kids were ready for snacks.  At that point I thought they wouldn't have it in them to go much further.  But we made it over a mile up the trail before Matthias told us it was time to head back.  We ended the afternoon with delicious brauts and beer before the drive home.  Here are just a few of my favorites from the hike. A thank you to my bro in law for snapping some great pics as well:)

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