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Fall Color Walks for Families Around the South Sound

Brilliant, leafy walks and great family photo ops around Tacoma, Olympia and beyond

Maegen Blue

Published on: September 21, 2022

Fall Color Walks for Families Around the South Sound

View from Naches Peak Loop trail at Mount Rainier best fall hikes famliies seattle tacoma puget sound area
View from the Naches Peak Loop trail. Credit: Maegen Blue

Naches Peak Loop, Mount Rainier

Note: This hike needs to be done in early fall, before the first snowfall. Always check current trail conditions before heading out.

You get big eyefuls of the mountain on this popular, kid-friendly hike. Huckleberry bushes and other ground cover provide a blaze of red and orange.

Find it: Hike the trail clockwise for the best views of Mount Rainier. Park just west of Chinook Pass and follow the trail from the picnic area. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for entry. Read trip reports on the WTA site.

Length: Allow two hours for the 3.5-mile loop. It’s well maintained, and while a true hike (bring the 10 essentials), it’s suitable for most children.

Photo ops: Great shots of Mount Rainier with red and orange meadows in the foreground.

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Editor’s note: This article was originally published several years ago and updated most recently in fall 2022.

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