Northwest NEWS

October 5, 1998

Features

Where to find fall colors

   The big leaf maples are beginning to turn bright yellow. The vine maples will start turning red next, along with the huckleberry bushes, then cottonwoods. Just about any country road in Snohomish County yields good fall foliage this time of year. Here are some pretty weekend drives to take to appreciate the changing of the seasons, and some low-land hikes to take along the way. (Hikes are excerpted from "Hiking Snohomish County," by Ken Wilcox, published by Northwest Wild Books. Available at the Snohomish County Visitor Information and local bookstores.) Note: Forest Service trails require Trail Park Passes, also available at the Visitor Information Center or any Forest Service Ranger Station.
  
   The Mountain Loop Highway starts in Arlington and goes east along Highway 530 into the National Forest where it loops back along Highway 92 to Granite Falls. The trip takes about 3 hours without stops but you'll want to stop to enjoy the scenery and recreational opportunities along the way.
  
   Here are some recommended hikes on the Mountain Loop:
   For more information on walks and hikes in Snohomish County, call the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau, (425)348-5802 or toll free at (888)338-0976 or visit www.snohomish.org on the web. The Snohomish County Visitor Information Center is open 9-5 daily and is located at 101-128th Street just of I-5 at exit 186.