3 perfect fall hikes to take this weekend

Taryn's Wreckreation Guide

October 8, 2018

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The weekend forecast looks MARVELOUS with conditions that beckon me to hit the trails! Leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground, making this time of year the most beautiful season in the PNW. Here are a few hikes you might consider taking!

 

1. Maple Pass - North Cascades

Outside of Marblemount in Methow Valley you'll find a 7-mile roundtrip hike up Maple Pass. Take in views of Rainy Lake and Lake Ann as you climb 2,000 feet of elevation. 

Rainy Lake - © Tyler Sanchez

 

Lake Ann - © Tyler Sanchez

 

Make sure to get up to Maple Pass before they close Highway 20 for the winter season! 

 

2. Heather Lake - Mountain Loop Highway

Head out of Granite Falls to picturesque Heather Lake, a 4 1/2 mile hike with a little more than 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Pick a spot along the lake to break for lunch and take in the gorgeous, rugged peaks and stunning reflections on the lake.

 

3. Dewey Lake - Mt. Rainier

About 44 miles outside of Enumclaw over Chinook Pass, you’ll find a gorgeous 6-mile hike to Dewey Lake with 600 feet of elevation gain. There are a number of campsites along this portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, so overnight backpackers should definitely check this out!

Falls colors overlooking Dewey Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

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I am DEFINITELY getting out into the brisk fall conditions this weekend to enjoy all that Western Washington hikes have to offer this time of year. See you on the trails, Rockaholics!

 

Happy Adventuring,

 

Taryn Daly

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