Summer is typically the hiking season because of the long days and good weather. However, fall is actually a great time to go hiking as well. In fact, some people will make the argument that fall is actually the better time to go hiking. There are many reasons why hiking in the fall is great, but here are five that just might convince you too.
Since most people go hiking in the summer, you won’t see as many people in the fall. It will be a lot less crowded in the fall. You will probably have the entire trail to yourself instead of running into people while you’re trying to make your way up a mountain. Your family will have some quality time with each other while you enjoy the awesome scenery.
Speaking of scenery, fall is the best time for beautiful views. The changing leaves make each landscape look like a Bob Ross painting. This is especially great for photographers that love nature. A lot of times, people are really focused on getting to their destination as quickly as possible, but I’d encourage you to stop and take a look around you. Admire all the trees, mountains, and colors. This is what hiking in the fall can give you while hiking in the summer cannot.
Once temperatures start to decline, there are fewer bugs. People come back from hiking trips with hundreds of mosquito bites if they go in the summer. Hiking in the fall will be much less itchy. Bugs don’t like the cold so you won’t have to worry about constantly spraying that stinky bug spray just to get a good night’s sleep in your tent. If that’s not enough to convince you to go hiking in the fall, then I don’t know what is.
Fall is preparation time for critters. Winter is coming and they know that they need to be prepared. Animals are so busy during the Fall that there’s a good chance that you’ll see a variety of them if you go hiking in the Fall. Squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, chipmunks, and deer are all going to be scurrying around making sure they have everything that they need in order to survive the winter.
Good Hiking Temperatures
Instead of hiking in the stifling heat, you’ll be hiking in the crisp fall air. The temperature of the air will be perfect when your heart rate is elevated and you start working up a sweat. If you’re planning on an overnight trip, then you’re going to have to prepare for colder night temperatures. But the daytime temperature will be perfect for a strenuous hike.
Are you convinced? Hiking in the fall is the greatest time to go! There are fewer bugs, fewer people, more colors, more wildlife, and perfect hiking temperatures! What else could anyone ask for? Hiking in the fall will give you a much needed time out before winter sets in and it gets harder to be outside. So stop what you’re doing and plan a nice fall hiking trip for your family; you’re all going to love it.