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10 Awesome Fall Backpacking Trips

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By Michael Lanza

The imminent end of summer always feels a little melancholy. After all, it marks the close of the prime season for getting into the mountains. But it also signals the beginning of a time of year when many mountain ranges become less crowded just as they’re hitting a sweet zone in terms of temperatures, the lack of bugs, and fall foliage color. Autumn also stands out as an ideal season for many canyon hikes, with moderate temperatures and even some stunning color.

From Yosemite to the White Mountains (lead photo, above), Grand Canyon to Grand Teton, the Great Smokies to the Olympics, and more, here are 10 of my favorite backpacking trips that are best served up in fall.

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2 Responses to 10 Awesome Fall Backpacking Trips

  1. TJ   |  September 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    My favorite time of year for longer trips. Bet a lot of backpackers feel the same. Especially those who dig the Sierras and/or the Southwest. Warm days, cool nights, relatively stable weather, no bugs, few people, awesome color…

    Good roundup. The Fall has it All.

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