4 Reasons to Love Hiking in the Fall

This past weekend, I hiked into Rocky Mountain National Park to climb some peaks. I was surprised to find the hillsides covered in yellow and orange leaves. That's when I realized something amazing, autumn had arrived in the mountains. Fall hiking is my favorite - here's a few reasons why.

1. Fall Colors - This is kind of obvious but nothing is as beautiful as the yellow, orange and red colors on the mountains. Grab your camera and go check out the beautiful fall colors.

2. Cool Weather - Sometimes you just don't want to sweat. Cool fall days allow you to hike without over-heating plus it's an opportunity to layer up in those comfortable wool and fleece layers.

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3. No Crowds - School is in session, you can hike all day without running into kids and families on the trail. Head out by yourself or with a small group of friends and enjoy the solitude of the childless outdoors. Also, if you live near a tourist destination, now's a great time to enjoy those sites without the crowds.

4. Hot Drinks - It's the perfect time to enjoy a warm drink. Whether you like a pumpkin spice latte on the way to the trailhead or want to warm up with a warm apple cider, outdoor adventures are great with fall drinks.

Also, check out this list of the best state parks for fall foliage, the six reasons why fall is the best time for hiking and camping, or these 10 fun fall activities for kids
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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