Fall color in Washington's North Cascades
Time to hit the trail!
With school under way and summer a fading memory, hiking might be far from your mind. But don’t pack up your family's hiking boots just yet. Autumn is a terrific season to hit the trail.
Our wildlands are bursting with fall color this time of year — hues of flame red, bright orange and soft yellow. Summer crowds — extra heavy on some trails this year, thanks to the pandemic — have begun to dwindle, and pesky mosquitoes have disappeared, too. Critters such as marmots and songbirds are more active and visible as they hurry to find food for the long winter ahead. With a few extra layers for warmth and the lure of a thermos of hot cocoa, your little ones will find fall hiking to be full of brilliant color and natural exploration.
Read on for eight fantastic fall hikes in the Puget Sound area, or scroll to the end for more great family hikes.