For the past year, I have enjoyed meeting other outdoors-y families through a fun local group called Hike It Baby Des Moines! Hike it Baby is a national organization with local chapters, organizing people together for volunteer led hikes. The name is a little misleading – kids of all ages are welcome on the hikes and it definitely isn’t just babies in strollers or carriers.
There are two ways to find local hikes – one is to join your branch’s local Facebook group, like this one for Des Moines, Hike It Baby Des Moines. The second is to log on to the national website and click ‘find a hike’ from the dropdown menu. You can see upcoming events; there isn’t any RSVP requirement so you can just show up and enjoy!
The hikes are all categorized depending on terrain, style, and speed. We tend to do “kid-led” ones where my kids can walk and burn some energy.
This is a screenshot from the local group; there is a pinned post at the top with relevant info for getting started. Each Sunday a thread is posted with times and dates, but it doesn’t hurt to keep checking in to see if anyone has announced something last minute.
I have discovered several cool new places to hike and explore thanks to other people leading hikes in my area, it’s nice to just show up and have someone else show you around. I really enjoy getting to introduce some of my favorites to new families as well, leading a hike is extremely simple and a great way to meet new people.
I’m hoping that my interactive map can be of use to local HIB’ers looking for new places to explore; I !know Hike it Baby and the awesome volunteer branch leads have helped me get outside more often and I’m so appreciative of the group.
Be sure to share about Hike It Baby with any friends you might have who are looking for ways to get out of the house – it’s a great free, fun way to kill some time with little people. I am keeping a list of other outdoor organizations, clubs, & groups in Des Moines in this post, if you want more ideas!