Fall walks

Relax and enjoy some of these leisurely walks around Everett that show off its brightest colors of the season.


Take a riverfront stroll on the edge of the historic Lowell neighborhood, next to the Snohomish River. The trees here are mostly deciduous, so there are plenty of fallen leaves on the path, making for a photo-perfect, leafy-smelling afternoon. The downtown core is just a quick drive away, so work up an appetite then stop in the city for dinner.

Langus Park

The northeastern-most park in the city is a great place to walk with a warm beverage. The path takes you deep into an estuary filled with birds and driftwood. Interesting historical note: until the 1980s this park was a neglected area on the outskirts of the city. A group of volunteers converged to clean up the area, and now it’s one of the most scenic walks in the city, a great place to admire fall foliage.

Colby Avenue

(from 19th Street to 10th Street)
During the fall, the huge trees along Colby Avenue create a colorful canopy over the century-old homes lining the street. This walk is perfect for those looking for a quick stroll in a well-traveled area. Pick up a hot coffee along the way at Zippy’s - an eclectic little cafe just two blocks off your path (located on Rucker and 15th Street). Head just a little further west and make a stop at Grand Avenue Park, where you can take in the fall colors at Everett’s best viewpoint.

Forgotten Creek

If you can find Forgotten Creek, congratulations! The appeal of this little nature walk is its accessibility inside the urban core and its camouflaged location. 

Here’s what to do. Get a beverage downtown (consult the drink guide for your best bet). Then drive or walk to the Providence Pacific campus. The entrance to Forgotten Creek is on the far west side of the hospital, across the street. Look for a park bench. The path leads you down into a forested gully and across little boardwalk footbridges. It’s a great little nature retreat, right where you least expect it.

Japanese Gulch

This park has a big off-leash dog area and foot trails that lead down to the water. It’s a good place to go rambling most any time of day. The trail is ideally situated for plenty of fall leaf-gawking, too, as it leads through tunnels of giant maple trees. When fall hits the trees turn yellow and orange almost in unison, an orchestrated autumnal display.

Narrative and chill

Too rainy to walk? A little drizzle never hurt a true Pacific Northwesterner. If you want to skip the soaking, head to Narrative Coffee. Get a hot beverage to warm up. Chill on comfy couches with a good book. You can listen to the sound of raindrops on the skylights and get lost in a specialty coffee beverage.