We are a family of 5 and will be arriving at SEA-TAC late afternoon on 6/30 coming from the eastern timezone. We have Sunday on our own before other extended family will be joining us in the Seattle area for the rest of the week. It is my husband, myself, kids ages 15, 12, and 7. We really want to use that Sunday to experience the PNW and hike and spend time outdoors. We are in reasonable shape, but not used to elevation etc. The 7 year old just did a 3 mile hike with his cub scout troop last weekend for reference (again not at elevation, but good info).
We are staying in the Lynnwood area and google maps says it will be a 3 hour drive one way to get to Paradise. I would love to do MRNP. I am not sure though if it is crazy to try to drive that early the next morning after flying, although the jet lag should be helping us get up early easily.
I was looking at hiking the Skyline loop which looks amazing, but I am not sure if we will be able to get there before it gets crowded on a Sunday morning...thoughts? If the Skyline trail conditions are good and we go, would you add on any of the other short stops/hikes/overlooks to the day?
If we don't do the Skyline loop, which combinations of short hikes/scenic points etc would you do?
I am interested in any advice. I do know about the trail cams etc..so I will watch those as we get closer and that will help decide about Skyline.
I am also open to other hiking outdoor options closer to the coast if you think I am crazy for trying to go over and back in a single day to MRNP.
Thanks for any and all advice.