Fall Hikes for Rain or Sun

During fall months we will want to find hikes suitable for both rainy days and sunshine. Many days will offer both. Knowing what to expect on the trail makes the choice easier for families. Most of these hikes are close to metropolitan areas.

Some Good Colder Season Rainy Day HikesFamily on the Old Sauk trail 2

Boulder River – Forest canopy protects hikers on this old growth trail as it winds through a narrow canyon with plunging waterfalls along the way.

Old Sauk River – A level walk out of Darrington along a white water scenic river, beautiful in any season. Birds, animals and rafting parties may surprise you.

Lord Hill – A Snohomish County trail gives possible views out over the Snohomish River Valley and one trail goes down to the river bank itself.

Mt. Catherine – A short hike above the Pacific Crest Trail, the Mt. Catherine Trail (trail #1348) provides views south to Rainier and into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Goose Rock – Just south of the Deception Pass bridge is a short trail that circumnavigates a large monolithic rock alongside scenic bays and islands. After walking around it, climb it for sweeping views down Whidbey Island and out to the Strait.

Some Good Sunny Day HikesPacific Crest Trail south of Stevens Pass

Tonga Ridge – A short easy hike into Stevens Pass high country with fall color and views along a scenic ridge.

Evergreen Mountain – A former lookout lies at the end of a short trail through alpine meadows. In fall expect berries and vine maple adorned in bright colors.

Iron Bear – A hike leads in switchbacks to a ridge drained by both Iron and Bear Creeks of Highway 97. Views and flowers at any time of year are rewarding.

Lake Susan Jane – From the summit  of Stevens Pass follow the Pacific Crest Trail south up over ski areas down into a valley and then to a story book small alpine lake. Expect berry bushes and mountain ash and vine maples to be brightly colored in fall.