The first day of fall is coming up on September 22 this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to summer quite yet.
To support you on your journey to wellness, ALLtech often turns to the Washington Trails Association (WTA) to help encourage Washingtonians to take advantage of our state’s extensive trail systems. You can get your hike on and hold on to summer with the WTA’s Not Over Yet! Hikes to Stretch Your Summer from its Fall Hikes page. Indeed, the roundup of late summer hikes reminds us that: “September is summer in Washington, and it also happens to be one of the best hiking months in Washington.”
If you’re yearning more for signs that autumn is nearly upon us, check out some of WTA’s other fall hike roundups, which include:
- Mushrooms: Weird, Wonderful and Worth a Hike
Rather than gazing out over a sea of peaks, direct your gaze to the miniature world at your feet, and see how many different kinds of mushrooms you can spot on your next hike.
- Crisp and Colorful: Nine Spectacular Fall Hikes
As summer’s green gives way to spectacular autumn hues, pack an extra fleece, fill your thermos and rediscover an entirely new side to Washington hiking.
- Hidden History: Ghost Town Hikes
The mood, the light, and the general feeling that fall tends to elicit make it a perfect time to visit one of Washington’s many ghost towns.
With the changing season comes changing safety recommendations, which WTA highlights with Five Tips for Fall Hiking. In a nutshell:
- Pack an extra layer. The days are shorter and weather is less predicable this time of year, so be sure you add warm clothes, rain gear and put fresh batteries in your headlamp when you pack your 10 Essentials.
- Pack it in, pack it out. It’s the end of a big hiking season. Help leave things better than you found them. Go beyond, and pick up trash along one of the routes.
- Stay safe in hunting season. Where to hike and what to wear (bright colors!) to safely share the trails during hunting season.