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Fall Hikes in the Pacific Northwest

September 12, 2020

Oregon and Washington are home to some of the best places in the world to experience the changes of the season. This year, enjoy those changes up close and personal with a nice fall hike. To help you get out there, we’ve compiled some great adventures that’ll take you off the beaten path.

Start with a Plan

Before you go off exploring the wilderness, there are a handful of things you should do for your own safety and the welfare of your family.

Watch Out for Fires. The U.S. Forest Service continually updates their site to keep you and other hikers informed about wildfires. Be sure to check it out before you head into the wilderness.

Know Your Abilities.
 Choose a trail that is right for everyone in your family.

Check Weather Conditions. Fall weather can turn on a dime. Be sure you won’t get caught in a storm or get stuck trying to reach your destination. Check with the National Weather Service as well as the Northwest Avalanche Center.

Keep Others Informed. Yes, you want to always hike in pairs. But you still want to let others know where you are going and when you plan to return.

Wear the Right Gear. Dress appropriately for the season and pack anything you might need.

Lace up a Good Pair of Boots. Be sure everyone on your hike is wearing a solid pair of boots. Especially this time of year. At Coastal, we carry a full line of hiking and work boots, including Northside Snohomish Hikers for men and women, as well as Northside Caldera Jr. for kids. These versatile hiking boots are designed for spring, summer, and fall hikes through mud, water, and fields of flowers. With the Northside contour cushioned insole, you’ll be able to hike for miles.

Shevlin Park

Near: Bend, Oregon

Distance: 4-Mile Hike (and more to explore)

Locals love Shevlin Park. In the summer, it’s a great place to cool off. In the fall, it’s ideal for watching the seasons change. Dogs are welcome. Start your hike with an easy drive to 18920 NW Shevlin Park Road in Bend, Oregon.

Golden Gate

Near: Elbe, Washington

Distance: 3.2-Mile Hike

Mount Rainier National Park boasts some impressive fall colors. This hike lets you see some of the best areas. To get there, head out of Elbe on Highway 706 and enter the park at the Nisqually entrance. Stay on the road until you reach Paradise Lodge and the parking area.

Heather/Maple Pass Loop

Near: Marblemount, Washington

Distance: 7.2-Mile Hike

You’ll find stunning views and plenty of autumn hues, including reds, oranges, and yellows. From Marblemount, take Highway 20 to the North Cascades National Park. Stay on the road for 50 miles until you reach the Rainy Pass Trailhead.

Evergreen Mountain Lookout

Near: Everett, Washington

Distance: 2.6-Mile Hike

This is a nice, short hike in the fall. The drive might be long, but it is worth it. From Everett, drive east on Highway 2 for 50 miles. Turn left onto Beckler River Road and travel for another 12.5 miles. Take Forest Road 6550 from the five-way intersection and keep going another mile. Turn left and drive 9.5 miles to the trailhead.

Get the Proper Permits

Many of today’s hikes and scenic locations require a permit. The funds often help offset the costs of maintenance and upkeep of these wonderful, wilderness areas. In Washington state, you’ll need a Northwest Forest Pass to access federal land and the Discover Pass for state land. In Oregon, parking passes are required at most trailheads. You can get your parking passes online or by calling 800.551.6949. Additionally, a special Central Cascades Wilderness Permit is required to access the iconic peaks, alpine meadows, lakes, and forests in and around much of Central Oregon. If you’re planning a hike near Bend, it’s best to start early and reserve your spot.

Coastal Has Your Hiking Essentials

Before you head out on your favorite fall hike, stop by your Northwest owned and operated Coastal. You’ll find everything you need, from a full-line of footwear for the whole family to jackets, rain gear, backpacks, survival gear, and camping essentials.