Here we list all the Stroller friends trails and hikes, which will allow your family, including your little ones, to get outdoors, enjoy nature and also get some exercise.
Most moms take time to get over their post-partum depression, and some are also reluctant to venture outside with their little ones, as they are not sure if most places are stroller friendly or not.
However, you will be glad to know that there are quite a few groups that organize stroller hikes and runs, at stroller friendly trails.
Here, we will list hikes, where you can take your stroller. We will include pictures of hike attractions and trail conditions.
You will also find lot of information on how to exercise (and keep fit) with babies in stroller, besides including safety precautions, equipment advice, and other outdoor information.
The advantage of going on stroller friendly hikes and trails is that you get to meet other like minded parents, you get to be a part of an informal support group for parenting, get lots of advice on getting in shape post-pregnancy, get some exercise, and of-course you get to enjoy the amazing open spaces.
Here you will find plenty of information regarding:
- Hiking, running, biking, swimming, and other outdoor activities for families, with children in strollers (yes, its possible).
- Encourage families to get outdoors and to promote healthy choices for families, with an emphasis on building an appreciation for nature, health, and fitness.
- Find opportunities to engage in hiking and other outdoor events (including runs) for families with children in strollers.
Table of Contents
- 1 Stroller Friendly Hikes / Trails: Bay Area
- 2 Lafayette Reservoir
- 3 Verna Dunshee Loop Trail
- 4 Redwood Regional Park
- 5 Blackie’s Pasture
- 6 Inspiration Point/Nimitz Way
- 7 Fremont Older
- 8 Golden Gate Park
- 9 Mount Diablo State Park
- 10 Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
- 11 Corte Madera Creek Path, Greenbrae
- 12 Stroller Friendly Hikes / Trails: Utah
- 13 Snowbird Barrier Free Trail
- 14 Temple Quarry Trail
- 15 Dripping Rock Trail
- 16 American Fork Canyon Nature Trail
- 17 Cascade Springs
- 18 Bridal Veil Falls
- 19 Silver Lake
- 20 The “U” Hike
- 21 Devil’s Kitchen
- 22 Mill B South Interpretive Trail
- 23 Payson Lakes
Stroller Friendly Hikes / Trails: Bay Area
Stroller Friendly Hikes / Trails in Bay Area. Did you know there are lots of amazing stroller and wheelchair trails in Bay Area?
Sometimes, you’re in the mood for hiking, gearing up for a day outside, with the little ones strapped to your back as you rough it. Other times, you’re far less ambitious, hoping for the baby to fall asleep during a ride in the stroller while the coffee in the cupholder is still hot.
If you’re up for some fresh air but want the wheels to do most of the work, this list of 10 easy stroller hikes and trails (in Bay Area) is for you.
Take the Lakeside Nature Trail, a paved, 2.7-miles around the Lafayette reservoir. It’s mostly flat and shady, with pretty views of the hills and water. When you’re ready to break from walking, choose a table on the east lawn, where the playground will keep little squirmballs busy. Remember to bring $6 for parking (exact change only), or to bring plenty of quarters for metered, 2-hour parking.
Location: 3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
Verna Dunshee Loop Trail
At less than a mile long, this is as flat and paved as you can get on the Sleeping Lady and the go-to for the stroller set who want to climb a mountain. It’s still Mt. Tam, however, so beware of some narrow passes and steep outlook points. Find the Verna Dunshee Loop on Mt. Tam’s East Peak, by the visitor center ($8 to park), and look forward to a front-row view of the Pacific Ocean.
Location: East Ridgecrest off of Pantol, Mill Valley
Redwood Regional Park
The paved trail here is short and sweet at 1 mile long. Perfect to get a dose of nature, without having to strap a day’s worth of baby gear on your back. Bring the stroller for the baby and the bicycle for the toddler, and do 2 miles round-trip on the Stream Trail. Along the way, enjoy a canopy of redwood trees (bring sweaters for the shade) and a playground.
Location: 7867 Redwood Rd., Oakland
This trail, which begins at Blackie’s Pasture and continues on to downtown Tiburon, is flat and easy. Stroll along slowly, enjoy the views of the Bay, stop at the playground, and read about the history of the area with the help of some reading plaques along the way.
Location: Intersection of Trestle Glen Rd., Tiburon
Inspiration Point/Nimitz Way
This trails goes for miles, with some hills that eventually even out, passing through meadow and grove. It’s paved and stroller-friendly, and a favorite with parents for the beautiful vistas. (Just look out for bicyclists zipping down the hill!) The whole loop is about 8 miles out and back, so most families dedicate a couple hours to the trail, getting as far along as the little ones are up for.
Location: Wildcat Canyon Road off of South Park Drive, Berkeley
This hundreds-of-acres large preserve includes miles of wide, pleasant trails. Enter the park gate at Prospect Road for a view of Silicon Valley, or take the Seven Springs Loop to enjoy the oak groves and search for lizards in the meadow. This trail can be hilly, and is popular with bicyclists.
Location: Prospect Rd. off of De Anza Blvd. in Cupertino
Golden Gate Park
We all know how much this park has to offer, though its size may seem daunting for a simple stroll. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying the wide, beautifully landscaped trails with gardens and playgrounds along the way. Try entering at Stanyan and Haight and walking your way toward the coast.
Location: Stanyan and Haight, San Francisco
Mount Diablo State Park
This rugged mountain may not be the first to come to mind, but it does have its gentler points. Near the summit, the Mary Bowerman Interpretive Trail is quite doable at less than a mile long, with access to the Summit Museum and lots of picnic tables.
Location: Summit Road off of Southgate, Danville
Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
This easy hike is nearly all flat, with some gentle hills, picnic areas, and a children’s playground. You don’t even have to walk to the fishing pier – a shuttle will pick up guests from the parking lot.
Location: 5551 Giant Hwy., Richmond
Corte Madera Creek Path, Greenbrae
A favorite with locals on bikes, with dogs, and pushing strollers, this wide, easy path begins with a neat playground (Hal Brown Park) sectioned off for preschoolers and for older kids. If you can convince the kids off the climbing structure, you can walk with them from here all the way into Ross.
Location: Bon Air Rd., Greenbrae
Stroller Friendly Hikes / Trails: Utah
Stroller friendly hikes/ trails in Utah: Did you know there are lots of amazing stroller and wheelchair trails in Utah?
We have tried a lot of hikes in Utah, and we are constantly on the lookout for trails that ANYONE can do, even if you need to push a stroller or wheelchair. We understand that sometimes it’s hard to get out on the trail with young children, or those who need a wheelchair.
So here is our list of stroller friendly trails in Utah. These trails are either stroller friendly, wheelchair friendly or both!
Snowbird Barrier Free Trail
This trail is located directly behind the Snowbird. After you maneuver your way through the building and up the elevator you will find yourselves walking along a beautiful flat trail for 1/2 mile to the end. We saw lots of wildlife and there are interpretive signs along the way.
Temple Quarry Trail
This trail is very short (only 1/4 mile) with a few signs about the historical significance of quarrying rock for the LDS Salt Lake Temple. We love visiting this one in the fall.
Dripping Rock Trail
This is one of our favorite trails. As you follow the river you hear dripping water and will see it dripping out of overhanging ledges. We walked down to the riverbank for a closer look (which you can’t do with a stroller), but it is still a great view from the trail. This one is perfect for a hot day!
American Fork Canyon Nature Trail
This trail is FREE even though it’s located in American Fork Canyon. It is part of the Timp Cave National Monument land, so tell them the hike you are doing to enter without paying. If you plan to use other parts of the canyon, you will need to pay the fee. This trail has a pamphlet with info for each number your arrive at along the trail, so pick one up at the start of this nature trail.
This trail is also in American Fork Canyon, so you’ll have to pay the fee for this one. This trail has boardwalks, paved paths, and bridges, and you can walk next to some beautiful ponds and a waterfall. Cascade Springs is a bunch of loops so you can walk as short or long as you want.
Bridal Veil Falls
Most people know about this beautiful waterfall in Provo Canyon. This is an easy stroll on a paved trail over to gorgeous Bridal Veil Falls.
We love this beautiful Alpine Lake. Silver Lake is located at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. There are boardwalks near the lake, but to circle the whole lake you have to push the stroller on dirt trails. We have done this, but it gets a little bumpy. You can still walk most of the lake on the boardwalks.
The “U” Hike
Letter Hikes are fun for kids. They love seeing those letters on the mountains up close. The U for the University of Utah is located in a neighborhood and has a paved trail the entire way to this famous Utah letter.
This is a very short walk…maybe a block, but it’s a paved trail on the Nebo Loop. The drive on the Nebo Loop is gorgeous, so it makes this short trail worth it. Devil’s Kitchen looks like a piece of southern Utah right at the top of a mountain which is slightly surprising.
Mill B South Interpretive Trail
This trail is a little steep, but you can push the stroller as long as you’re ready for a little calf workout. The great part is it’s only .3 miles to a fun waterfall and you walk along the beautiful river in Big Cottonwood Canyon the entire time.
The trail around Payson Lakes is beautiful all year round. It’s very flat and about 1 mile around the lake. There are so many picturesque spots along the way, make sure to bring your camera. There is a fee for entering the Payson Lakes area, but there is also lots to do here such as fish, hike, swim, throw rocks, and picnic!
Do you know of more locations that have paved stroller friendly trails? Where do you take your kids stroller hiking? Tell us about your favorite spots, in the comment section below.