Here 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.