Fiery red. Vibrant yellow. Deep, rich gold. The fall color in the Northwest can be as spectacular as any in the country. The display varies from year to year, the color and duration dependent upon the weather conditions. Dry Indian summers, which often occur in the Northwest, lead to breathtaking hillside panoramas. Unfortunately, the occasional wet early fall can cut the fall foliage season short like our last wind/rain event.
Northwest trees and shrubs that provide color include vine maples, larch, and aspen. The leaves change color as the days become shorter and cooler. The vine maple, which often lines Northwest hiking trails, turns to hues of yellow and orange and red. The larch and aspen leaves contribute shades of yellow and gold to the fall palette. Because these trees are often intermingled with evergreens, the fall foliage display in the Northwest is rich and varied.
Savoring the beauty of fall foliage can be the theme of a day trip or of an entire weekend getaway. 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