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Fall Hikes

Happy Fall!

Fall is our favorite season to hike. The weather is great (rain included), the colors are beautiful, and there are no mosquitoes!

We made a list of some of our favorite fall hikes. If you click on the links they will take you to the post and give you more detail and directions.

Hoyt Arboretum: This hike is all about the fall colors! With all the different trees you definitely get quite the show. 

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Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden: This is a great option for families. Lots of ducks that will entertain kids and nice well maintained trails. It’s also free during the off season which is Labor Day through February!

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Milo McIver State Park: All the different trail options on this hike are nice because you can get back to your car relatively quickly if it starts raining too hard.

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Angels Rest: We love hiking up to Angels Rest in the Fall. It’s a fairly steep hike so the cooler weather makes in a little easier. It’s also much less crowded!

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Rooster Rock Loop: Another great option for fall colors. Plus with gloomier weather we were able to see a Pygmy Owl!

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Beacon Rock: We have been to Beacon Rock many times but last year we decided to try it out on a foggy day. It was actually pretty fun! The fog gave the trail a slightly spooky vibe and there were barely any people.

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Silver Falls State Park: Fall colors are the only thing that can make a trail with 10 waterfalls even better!

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Pup Creek Falls: This hike should be done in mild weather.

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Kiyokawa Family Orchards: Fall apple picking!

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 Have fun hiking in the wonderful fall weather!

Milo McIver State Park (Autumn)

Directions: Take Highway 26 to Highway 211. Turn right and drive to Hayden Road. Drive one mile and turn right on Spring Water Road. Drive another 1.2 miles to the park entrance.

We started our hike in the South end of the park by the fish hatchery.  We took the Dog Creek trail, which went right by the river, where we stopped to look at the view.  Past the river, the trail wound behind the fish hatchery, and back towards the road.

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After the fish hatchery the trail splits; we went up the hill here.  We crossed the road near the campsite and continued on the trail, eventually coming to the equestrian parking area.  This is good spot to stop for lunch, because there are covered picnic tables.

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When lunch was finished we looped around the meadow, where there are different obstacles for horses.  On the far side of the meadow is an old barn that’s home to Townsend’s Long-Eared Bats.

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Finishing the loop around the meadow will drop you back by the equestrian parking area and the park access road.  We crossed back over the road here and continued on the horse trail (watch out for poop).  The horse trail winds downhill, and meets up with the trail we started out on.  From here we retraced our back to the parking area, and our car.

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Distance: 3.5 miles

Elevation: 250 feet

Difficulty: Easy

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: All ages

Bathrooms: Yes

Parking Fee: $5 entrance fee

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Overall: Nice scenery and lots of trail options make this a nice hike.