With the back-to-school season in full swing again, students in the Pacific NorthWest are back to full days in class and long nights paper writing and studying. What better way to let off some steam and get away from the busy student life than getting outdoors and enjoying the fall hikes in the great PNW?
Here’s 5 Fall Hikes for Students in the Pacific NorthWest!
1: Silver Creek Falls | Silverton, Oregon
Who doesn't want to see a bunch of beautiful waterfalls on your hike? With 10 waterfalls and 24+ miles of hiking and walking trails, this hike has it all. Located just outside of Salem, Oregon, it's located in the largest state park in Oregon. This hike can be for anyone from beginners to even advanced hikers. The most popular is the South falls, which is the most visited out of them all.
Chances are you'll see a variety of animal life in the autumn when it's usually not filled with hikers and people, and get to enjoy some really spectacular waterfalls, in fact, 10 of them!
2: Washington: Bandera Mountain Hike.
Found within the Snoqualmie Pass region, this is another moderate level hike. This particular route shouldn’t be undertaken by absolute beginners or those who are severely out of shape as it can be tough. But if you want a challenge and a stepping stone to some more advanced hikes, this would be ideal. Known to be easier at the beginning, you shouldn’t let this fall you, the last half mile can get a little intense, with rock fields and steep climbs.
Don’t be put oﬀ though, this 8.0 mile roundtrip hike oﬀers amazing panoramic views of meadows and distant mountains. A popular hike, it also shares trails with other popular hikes, so may get busy, and parking can be an issue. But if you are looking for a challenge and want to see some truly spectacular sites, this is the trail for you.
**Please note you may require a NorthWest pass for parking**
3: British Columbia: Stawamus Chief Hike.
This popular and scenic hike is a perfect day out for your and your friends. With amazing panoramic views of Howe Sound, the Squamish Valley and nearby mountain peaks, as well as the town of Squamish, this moderate level hike is ideal for beginners. For an easy time, the three hour hike is perfect, but if you would like to stretch yourself, the full route takes around 6 hours. This is a varied hike and will be both challenging and relaxing. Situated about a one hours drive from Vancouver, camping is allowed on this trail, so could be ideal for a weekend getaway. With the hiking season running from March to November, you’ll have plenty of time to get away from your studies and take in the natural wonders of the region.
As the cool, crips autumn air brings colder temperatures with it, be sure to layer up and dress appropriately for your outdoor hikes. Looking for some Pacific NorthWest clothing?Stay warm and cozy with a Pacific NorthWest Hoodie or Pacific NorthWest Sweater from Pacific NorthWest Lifestyle, made local in Vancouver, British Columbia and ships to both US & Canada. If you order over $75.00, two sweaters or a hoodie and a t-shirt, you'll get free shipping!
4: Alberta: Lake Agnes Hike.
This is a moderate level hike and takes around three hours and will take you through scenic forests, past Lake Louise and give you wonderful views of the rocky mountain peaks. Perfect for a day out, the hike ends with the welcome site of a teahouse, where you can relax and take in the sites around you. For more secluded and to take in even better views of the area, head up to the little beehive summit! This is quite a popular trail and there are many options once you get out there to hike and explore. As always with Pacific NorthWest weather, make sure to check the weather conditions before leaving as it can change quite fast.
5: Washington: Maple Pass Loop in the North Cascades
Who doesn’t love a loop hike? This is one of the best in the Cascades, climbing moderately most of the way to a long romp along a ridge with top-of-the-world views of some of the North Cascades’ most iconic peaks.
At 4,800 feet, when you arrive and step out of your car, your first order of business is to decide whether to hike clockwise or counterclockwise. If you choose a lake with your loop, head counterclockwise and climb toward Lake Ann, a destination in itself for many hikers. At 1.3 miles, you’ll reach a signed intersection for Lake Ann; head another half-mile to reach a dreamy mountain watering hole.
At about 8.2 miles roundtrip, this is a moderate level hike with beautiful views of Mount St Helen’s and definitely one of the top on our list if you're around the Washington area.