Jeff Alt writes about hiking with children
Published: June 20, 2013 09:41AM
Updated: June 19, 2013 10:36AM
Author Jeff Alt, blue shirt, stands with his family in this undated photo as they prepare to hike the Appalachian Trail. Alt has written a book called "Get Your Kids Hiking! How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun.” Photo courtesy

Jeff Alt has some hiking-with-kids credentials: He walked a 50-mile path in Ireland with his wife, young daughter and extended family, and took his son on his first hike at age 8 weeks.

The Cincinnati-based hiking expert, who has also walked the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail and the 218-mile John Muir trail, has a new book coming out called “Get Your Kids Hiking! How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun.”

Here is some of his advice:

• Make hiking a routine your kids will look forward to, starting as young as you feel comfortable with baby carriers.

• Pysch ‘em up for adventure with pictures, videos, and highlights from the places they’ll see in books, magazines and online.

• Explore with them! Walk at their pace and stop to explore bugs, leafs, rocks — whatever strikes their fancy.

• Tailor hiking to their interests with hiking gadgets like GPS for a tech-savvy kid or a bug catcher for a child interested in biology.

• Make up games like scavenger huts or ISpy to keep kids interested on the trail.

All right Utah parents, spill. What are you secrets for hiking with kids? Comment below, send us a Tweet to @UtahHikes or visit our Facebook page.

— Lindsay Whitehurst

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