If pumpkins, leaf piles, sweater weather, and blooming dahlias aren’t enough to solidify fall as the best season, then let’s sweeten the apple cider and take it up a notch. Check out Outside Walla Walla’s Top 10 Fall-Favorite Outdoor Adventures list:
1 | Grouse Mountain Trail
Often big views are reached at the end of a trail. Not this hike. The trailhead boasts one of my favorite vistas of the North Fork Umatilla Wilderness Area. Fall is a great time to take advantage of cooler temperatures along a mostly exposed trail.
2 | Whitman College Campus Sculpture Walking Tour
Explore campus in a unique and engaging way, searching for a broad collection of outdoor sculptures creates a scavenger-hunt like experience.
3 | Lyons Ferry State Park
Greg at Adventure Fit claims that paddleboarding is a four-season sport. This is a great place to prove him right.
4 | Eastside (Road Routes)
We love to collaborate. The passionate and knowledgeable folks at Allegro Cyclery built a plethora of Ride with GPS routes for your cycling enjoyment. Head toward the mountains. The snow is likely starting to dust the peaks.
5 | Big Trees of Walla Walla
This time of year, Walla Walla is surrounded by bald, rolling hills that have worked hard over the summer. In contrast, Walla Walla has grown some really big trees over the last hundred plus years. That means a lot of leaves are changing color.
6 | Middle Point Ridge Trail
It is never too early or too late to get in shape for snow adventures. This trail can help build a solid cardio foundation for adventures to come. Climbing out of the forest and side-hilling up the mountain provides crisp, clear views of autumn in the Blues.
7 | North Fork Walla Walla Trail
Many forest service gates close November 1 in our area. Catch this trail up Tiger Canyon early in the season. The drive will not disappoint.
8 | Bennington Lake
Walla Walla’s outdoor recreation centerpiece, Bennington Lake, checks so many boxes. It also earns bonus points for providing year-round opportunities to play outside. Extra credit goes to those who explore the airport district where Quirk Brewing, the Walla Walla Roastery, and many others brew and pour all sorts of deliciousness.
9 | Buck Mountain Trail
Perhaps the smallest trailhead parking area in the forest, good things come in little packages. The Lake Creek Trailhead provides access to multiple trails. It is hard to pick a favorite, so this is my opportunity to cheat the top 10 list and add two more, Lake Creek Trail and Umatilla Rim Trail.
10 | Allegro Cyclery (Gravel Roads)
In case you missed the Walla Walla Grit, mark your calendar for next year. To wet the pallet with something other than wine, here are a few routes that showcase the foothills.
Try each adventure! There is a little bit of everything on this list—hiking, mountain biking, cycling, paddleboarding, and even a few surprises. The dust-filled skies of harvest are a mainstay of August, but it is time for fresh air. Soak up the fleeting daylight, and go outside Walla Walla!