Falling into fall color

Camas and Washougal are bursting with the signs of a new season

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A perfect fall Sunday afternoon greeted these walkers, who took advantage of the beautiful weather to take their dogs on a stroll through the neighborhoods surrounding Doc Harris Stadium and Hayes Freedom High School.

Leaves crunching under your feet. The cool, crisp smell in the air. Shorter days with the promise of cold nights.

Yes, Northwesterners, fall is definitely here. For many in the local area, it is their favorite time of year. Thankfully, there are an abundance of places to appreciate nature’s beauty, and most are just a few minutes drive or walk away. So, layer appropriately, lace up your shoes, and fall into fall.

The following is a list of a few of the locations Post-Record reporter Danielle Frost visited while taking pictures to capture the change of seasons.

o Lacamas Heritage Trail at Lacamas Lake: Located at Everett Street and Lake Road: This includes a one-quarter mile paved trail and more than 3.6 miles of unpaved trails, for a total of more than seven miles of out-and-back trails.

o Lacamas Creek Trail: Located at Northeast Third Avenue near the intersection of Crown Road. It is almost one mile from the trailhead at Northeast Third Avenue to the McEnry Bridge over Lacamas Creek. It is unpaved and mostly flat, but with some slight hills. It connects to the Lacamas Park trail system.

o Washougal River Greenway Trail: Located at Northeast Third Avenue and Shepherd Road. It is unpaved and flat with a three-mile round trip with views of the Washougal River.

Other areas to consider are downtown Camas and Washougal, Capt. William Clark, Kerr Park and the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Washougal; and Lacamas Park at Round Lake and Grass Valley Park in Camas.