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Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
I need Fall!!! on 06/22/2014 09:54:07 MDT Print View

Time would be first week in October. Must haves: crunchy fragrant leaves, frequent water (I have been living in TX, my friend lives in NE AZ on a Hopi reservation - this is what we each desperately need/want for our fall trip). Dog friendly would be preferred.

I would like to find a 30-40 mile hike somewhere -anywhere!- in the country that would meet these requirements. How is that for vague????

Let me have it!!!

rOg w
(rOg_w) - F

Locale: rogwilmers.wordpress
deleted on 06/22/2014 10:24:56 MDT Print View


Edited by rOg_w on 07/08/2014 18:24:17 MDT.

Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
RE: I need Fall!!! on 06/22/2014 11:26:32 MDT Print View

I hear ya, Jen!!!!

Anywhere in New England would be fabulous at that time (early October is usually the height of "leaf peeping" season). I'm thinking particularly of the Adirondacks (upstate eastern NY state), the Green Mountains (VT), or the White Mountains (NH).

And actually, if you want some driveable options -- try around Flagstaff, AZ or in the Gila Wilderness in New Mexico. In both cases, you'll find all of your requirements.

Edited by Wildtowner on 06/22/2014 11:28:13 MDT.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: RE: I need Fall!!! on 06/22/2014 12:49:38 MDT Print View

I'll ditto what Valerie said. Just about anywhere in New England and upstate NY is fairly close to heaven on earth in the fall as far as I'm concerned. It seemed that NY's and Pennsylvania's trees were on a slightly different schedule than New England, at least that was the case when I lived in NY.

As a grunt who could spend his work week in the field with a 75+ lb ruck on his back, I didn't do a lot of backpacking in my free time. The few trips I made out to the Adirondacks were wonderful so that's one area worth researching.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: I need Fall!!! on 06/22/2014 13:19:17 MDT Print View

The Trinity Alps are perfect in the fall. They are a lot like the sierras, but at a lower elevation so you get an extended fair weather hiking season.
You could fly into Redding and rent a car.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: Mind your own business
Adirondacks on 06/22/2014 14:30:49 MDT Print View

Hi Jen,

I was in the Adirondacks a few weeks ago for the first time and absolutely loved it.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Crunchy leaves.... on 06/25/2014 12:37:56 MDT Print View

Ah - just thinking of all these places makes me smile! Thanks everyone!

Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: I need Fall!!! on 06/25/2014 13:00:13 MDT Print View

Ozark Highlands Trail? That night be more autumnal in the 2nd half of October though.

OH, I forgot my own "backyard" ... Superior Hiking Trail! 300 miles, trailheads every 5-10 miles, campsites every 5 miles (mostly), a shuttle service that runs into mid October, early Oct is peak fall color season most years, as wet as this year has been it could be a great year for fall fungi, Lake Superior views, scenic inland views, great rivers and ... the guy who routed most of the trail never met a hill he didn't like ... much to the hiker's scenic benefit:-)

Edited by jcolten on 06/25/2014 13:06:01 MDT.

Tony Campana
(Velodadi) - MLife

Locale: Lowcountry Carolina
I need Fall-Superior on 06/25/2014 16:22:11 MDT Print View


Wow! That sounds great. Would you have a link to more info about the Superior Hiking Trail?



Jim Colten
(jcolten) - M

Locale: MN
Re: I need Fall-Superior on 06/25/2014 18:18:25 MDT Print View

more info about the Superior Hiking Trail?

You bet!

I should have mentioned waterfalls and spectacular canyons where rivers descend to Lake Superior as well as moose, wolves, coyotes and bears in my initial post.

The SHT has an excellent Trail Assn ... website here You'll find brief descriptions and basic maps of trail segments as well as lists of services, current trail conditions, photo galleries etc.

There is also a great trail guide that can be purchased thru the website's on-line store as well as a set of 6 pocket maps and other paraphernalia.

Lastly, there is a yahoo email group named hiker that welcomes questions/comments etc related to the SHT as well as MN and WI portions of the North Country Trail.

Tony Campana
(Velodadi) - MLife

Locale: Lowcountry Carolina
Superior Hiking Trail on 06/26/2014 06:31:51 MDT Print View

Thanks for the info!