When to enjoy fall foliage in Washington State
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 State
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 lively fall color from the Washington side of the Columbia River by driving along Highway 14. Stop for a picnic, or hiking or biking, at Beacon Rock State Park. Cross the river to continue your fall color adventure along the The Historic Columbia River Highway.
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
This vast 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, with many places to get out and stretch your legs along the way.
Other places to enjoy fall color in Washington State include: