When to enjoy fall foliage in Washington
Fall color in the state of Washington typically begins in mid-September and peaks in mid-October. Color conditions can change on a daily basis. Before leaving on your foliage-viewing trip, here are some resources to help you get the most up-to-date color status:
- Washington Fall Foliage Hotline 1-800-354-4595
- Pacific Northwest Forest Service Updates
- US Forest Service Fall Color Information
Where to go to enjoy fall foliage in Washington
The Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River Gorge both provide great views of Pacific Northwest fall foliage.
Columbia River Gorge
You can view the Gorge's fall color from the Washington side of the Columbia River by driving along Highway 14. You can stop for a picnic or hiking or biking at Beacon Rock State Park. For more details about places to stop during your scenic fall drive through the Columbia River Gorge, check out these web sites:
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
This North Cascades forest is always a great place to enjoy a scenic drive, along with some outdoor recreation. There are two major scenic byways that run through Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie; both are excellent choices for your fall foliage drive.
Other places to enjoy fall color in Washington State include: