Fall Hiking in Sequim
All it takes is one simple look around at the abundant natural beauty of the Olympic Peninsula for visitors to fall in love with the Sequim area and all it has to offer. Many new residents have flocked to the greater Sequim Valley after that first impression. One of the best things about Sequim, other than its idyllic setting, is the moderate weather that we enjoy year-round. The frequent sunny days and mild temperatures allow residents and visitors alike to get outside on a regular basis. Though spring and summer may be the more obvious choices for hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, we find that there really isn’t any bad time of year to get out and enjoy the trails. If you haven’t been yet, we invite you to come explore Sequim with us, and to see firsthand what all the hype is about.
Fall Hiking Spots
Though you’re definitely more likely to run into wet trail conditions and rainy weather high in the Olympic Mountains, there are still plenty of wonderful places for fall hiking in the Sequim Area. Our favorite place for fall hiking, or really hiking at any time of the year, is the popular Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge. The 5.5 mile trek out to the lighthouse takes you along the longest natural sand spit in the United States. As you navigate these shores, you’ll find over 250 species of birds, 41 species of land mammals, and 8 species of marine mammals, including several that have been listed as endangered or threatened. No matter how many times you visit, there is always something new to see and enjoy along this protected beach. Hiking the hills of Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles is also a local favorite, as long as the conditions allow. On a clear day from the top of Hurricane Hill, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the brightly colored peaks and valleys of Olympic Mountains, clear across to the shores of British Columbia. It’s a spectacular sight to behold, and will undoubtedly take your breath away.
If you’re looking for a longer fall hiking trip, with huge rewards at the end, then you’ll want to head up to the top of Mt. Townsend. This is one of the most popular hikes on the Olympic Peninsula, and one look at the view from the top, especially at sunset, will tell you why. The 6.7 mile journey to the top can be enjoyed from June through November. Though the trailhead is located in Brinnon, another rewarding and easily accessible trail that can be enjoyed through November is Marmot Pass. From here, the views as well as the backpacking possibilities are endless. Come for a little bit of fall hiking, and see firsthand why people choose to live here. When that first look leaves you wanting more, start shopping for your next home in Sequim.