Where’s the best place to see fall colors in Washington? Yellow Aster Butte Trail, hands down! It’s a 7.5 mile out and back hike with a 2,550 ft elevation gain and epic 360° views at the top.
Yellow Aster Butte Trail in Washington’s Fall
I (Gabi) grew up in Massachusetts, so when October rolls around, I start craving those fall colors. When I realized that we were going to be in Washington this fall, I started searching for the bests hikes for fall colors in Washington. Yellow Aster Butte Trail in the North Cascades kept coming up and, even though I was intimidated by some of the descriptions about how hard it was at the end, I knew I had to do it.
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We were meeting our friend Erika of The Greatest Adventure Weddings the evening before to plan an elopement we’re doing together later this year. She briefly mentioned wanted to get out to see the fall colors and that Yellow Aster Butte Trail is one of her favorite hikes. It was pretty much a done deal after that. 10 hours later we were hopping in the car and driving up to the North Cascades!
Want more details on this hike? Check out the Washington Trails Association Report on Yellow Aster Butte
As you can imagine, the hike was incredible. The hike seemed like 3 different sections, a steep intro through a forrest, a flat middle section through the valley, and a final steep push to the top. The views are incredible the entire way up and the rewarding 360° view at the top is unbeatable!
The Foxes are Brandon and Gabi Fox, an adventurous husband and wife elopement and wedding photography team living full-time in their DIY renovated 1972 Airstream. They are loosely based in the Pacific Northwest, but travel for work and play throughout the western states. Their work is best described as candid photography that captures couples as they are, where they are, blending images of love and natural beauty in the great outdoors.