Washington is bursting into fall color and one of the best ways to enjoy it is to hit the trail. Below are seven top spots to do just that according to our Washington State Department of Natural Resources recreation managers located throughout this great state.
Highpoint and West Tiger Mountain Trailhead
Don’t miss the maple trees along Bus and Nook trails and at the beginning of West Tiger No. 3.
West Tiger Mountain Natural Resources Conservation Area, just outside of Issaquah, is open to hikers and leashed dogs.
Rattlesnake Mountain Trailhead
Take the Rattlesnake Trail, as opposed to the much busier Rattlesnake Ridge trail, for maple trees at the beginning of hike followed by views of Rattlesnake Lake, Grand Prospect, and East Peak.
The trail is just outside of Snoqualmie and open to hikers and leashed dogs.
Whites Ridge Trailhead
South of Yakima, this ridgeline trail in the Ahtanum State Forest provides views of Mount Adams and the Yakima Valley.
The trail also takes you along creeks and through forested areas. It’s open to hikers, horses, and leashed dogs.
Buck Creek Trailheads
North of the town of White Salmon, the Buck Creek Trail loop ascends into valley, around peaks and along rivers with fall foliage and scenic views along the way.
It’s open to hikers, horses, leashed dogs, and mountain bikes.
Three Corner Rock
Head to the Yacolt Burn State Forest east of Vancouver for big views of Stebbins Creek Valley and the Washougal River awash in fall colors.
Hikers, horses, mountain bikes and leashed dogs are allowed.
Murdock Beach Day Use Area
If a stroll is more your style, the Murdock Beach shoreline, located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, is lined by trees, many deciduous, and provides visitors with an added view of Vancouver Island.
Look for salmon this time of year. The trail is open to hikers and leashed dogs.
Blanchard Forest Upper Trailhead
Enter the Chuckanut Mountains near Bellingham for expansive views of the San Juan Islands combined with fall foliage.
Hikers, horses, mountain bikes, and leashed dogs are allowed.
When you go, don’t forget to bring your Discover Pass. It’s your gateway to exploring Washington’s great outdoors by providing access to DNR-managed lands, lands managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and State Parks.
The $30 annual pass may be purchased online, in select state parks, or in person at more than 600 vendor locations. When you buy the Discover Pass, you’re also helping to keep the state’s outdoor recreation sites open and accessible to the public.
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