Here on the west side of Hood Canal, we greet fall as a time to relax and welcome the cooler weather which makes for stunning fall colors, mountain trails with less people, more mushrooms, 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 link to the National Forest Mushroom information handout. And, 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 wildlife and safety tips we recommend the Dept of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Viewing section.