The Best Fall Running Trails

The Best Fall Running Trails
Aside from raking leaves and gearing up for winter, the fall season is an ideal time to watch the foliage and enjoy trail running. The weather is cool, crisp and much less harsh than summer. Lace up your trail running shoes and run through some of the best ranked trails for fall.

Scott Paul Trail

This 8-mile loop trail is located at Mount Baker National Recreation Area in Everett, Washington. Recommended as one of the top 10 fall trail running routes in Washington by, Scott Paul Trail is a challenging route that features forested areas, rock gardens, glacial moraines and creek crossings. This loop gives runners a closer look at the glaciers on Mount Baker's south side.

Wear well-treaded running shoes as this path includes stepping on icy masses, deep creeks, gorges and small snowfields. Bask in colorful fall foliage that lines the trail including wildflower meadows. Access the trail at east on Highway 20 and turn left on Baker Lake-Grandy Lake Road. Make another left on Forest Road 12 and turn right on Forest Road 13.

Mt. Baker National Forest

2930 Wetmore Ave.

Everett, WA 98201


Monroe Dunbar Brook Trail

Monroe Dunbar Brook Trail is the site for a race in Monroe, Massachusetts and is praised as one of the best trail races for fall by the "Running Times Magazine". The 10.5-mile trail has lavish fall foliage and crosses through the Monroe State Forest. Scenery includes fall colors of old growth hemlocks and views of waterfalls.

Prepare to climb along single tracks that summit the 2,730-foot Spruce Peak at the fifth mile, but the path mostly goes downhill for the remaining half. Wear waterproof or quick-drying running shoes because this trail includes up to three brook crossings.

Start and finish is at the Dunbar Brook Picnic Area on River Road.

Dunbar Brook Picnic Area

River Road

Monroe, MA 01350

Wildwood Trail

Located in Portland, Oregon, this 30-mile trail with options for shorter routes is located within the Hoyt Arboretum. Wildwood Trail is ranked by "Sunset" magazine as one of the top 10 fall hikes in the northwest region. Though ranked as a hiking trail, runners can enjoy this fall trail as well. Views include Douglas fir and gigantic redwoods surrounding and providing shade to the paths.

For a less taxing 4-mile loop, begin your run near the Oregon Zoo, pass the Japanese garden and turn left turn onto the Redwood Trail that goes through the sequoia grove. Run through Fairview Boulevard and make a right on Wildwood to complete the loop.

Hoyt Arboretum

4000 SW Fairview Blvd.

Portland, OR 97221


Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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