If your summer adventures didn’t include enough hiking, keep your boots handy. Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission recommends the following trails to enjoy on our crisp fall days. Whether you prefer a backdrop of mountain, city or sea, Pierce County has a hike for you.
Mount Rainier National Park: Take in the views at Gobblers Knob and Lake George
Climb 2,600 feet on a 12.8-mile hike that includes pristine Lake George. The last 1.5 miles is a steeper trail up to Gobblers Knob and a fire lookout. On a clear day, you’ll see the peaks of Mount St. Helens, Mount Hood, Mount Adams and the Olympic Mountains.
Explore the Mount Rainier National Park website to find the hiking adventure that’s right for you.
Eatonville: Feel the mist at Little Mashel Falls
Hike to three waterfalls tucked away in the Pack Forest near Eatonville. Feel the spray of the falls and take in the views of wildlife and fall leaves. The 5-mile roundtrip runs along the Little Mashel River.
Spanaway: Take to the Bresemann Forest for views of fall foliage
Just off the sidewalk from a busy city street, escape to a network of forested trails on 70 acres at Spanaway Park.
Amp up your outing with rock climbing at the park’s SPIRE Rock, adjacent to the Bresemann Forest.
Gig Harbor: Hike or bike through McCormick Forest Park
Breathe in the damp forest air and walk among old growth trees changing colors for fall. Nearly 4 miles of trails offer glimpses down into McCormick Creek Canyon. The perfect place to bring your dog, your horse or your mountain bike.
DuPont: Explore a pebbled beach at the end of the Sequalitchew Creek Trail
This trail goes from urban to forest and back again. Three miles roundtrip and located in DuPont, this trail gives you mountain views, scenes of wildlife and waterfront, and ends in a pebbled beach. This trail is both kid- and pet-friendly.
University Place: Chambers Creek Regional Park
Design your own route through the park’s many connecting trails. Conditions range from urban forest paths with hills and wildlife to easy, paved walkways. Chambers Creek trails offer expansive views of Puget Sound, nearby islands and Chambers Bay Golf Course.
Photo Courtesy of Visit Rainier