If you’re looking for a kid-friendly trail less than an hour from the north end (even during rush hour!) Old Robe Canyon off the Mountain Loop Hwy is the ticket. We had a great day on the trail. There was a small amount of whining heading up the switchbacks at the very end, but that’s understandable – her little legs were tired! I remember hearing somewhere that running 1/4 mile for a small child is equivalent to running a 10k for an adult (same amount of strides). So she basically hiked more than a 50k, and all uphill at the end! 🙂
I confess this post is mainly for R’s grandparents, although you can also get a sense of the trail in the background.