Fall Colors Hood Canal

Snow in the Olympics, Hood CanalHere on the west side of Hood Canal, we greet fall as a time to relax and welcome the cool wet weather which makes for stunning fall colors, mountain trails with less people, more mushrooms, nighttime shell fishing and migrating wildlife.

Hiking

Fall may be the best time to hike Hood Canal before the snow hits the summits  Autumn color makes for nice photography, not to mention the eastern views from the Olympic mountain vistas toward the Puget Sound waterways. The crowds are gone. To choose your Hood Canal hike, Wta.org has the most comprehensive database of hikes in Washington state. Choose the Olympic Peninsula Region and the Sub region Hood Canal. The website gives you a Hike Finder, Hiking Guides and Trip Reports. Be sure to check NOAA weather and snow levels before you go.

Mushrooms

Fall mushrooming has begun! In the Olympic National Forest, no permit is required for incidental gathering of mushrooms for
personal use.  For a single species, the daily limit for personal use is one (1) gallon. For multiple species, the daily limit is three (3) species, (1) gallon
each. Harvested chanterelle mushrooms must have a cap diameter of one inch or greater. Here is a link to #PNW Mushroom experts, the Puget Sound Mycological Society . A great resource for Harvesting rules, Recipes and more!

Wildlife

While looking for mushrooms, watch for wildlife. Its the time of the season for Salmon, Migrating birds and Roosevelt Elk. For viewing and safety tips we recommend the Dept of Fish and Wildlife, Region 6  website.

Shellfish

It is the end of day time low tides until next spring. But if you are determined, you can try your hand at night time shellfishing.  You’ll need a headlamp and flashlights. Here is a link to Hood Canal Public Shellfish Beaches   Don’t forget your shellfish license.  You will also need a Discover pass if using a State Park Access. Check for low tides; at least 1 foot or below, but minus tides are best.

Sunrise on Hood Canal
Sunrise on Hood Canal

Or, just get your shellfish fix at our local restaurants that have Shellfish on the menu:
Olympic Timberhouse in Quilcene
101 Brewery in Quilcene
The Geoduck in Brinnon
Hama Hama Oysters in Lilliwaup