Perfect Treks for Fall Hikers
PHOTO: Camping in Wyoming's Cirque of the Towers. (photo courtesy Thinkstock)
Fall is one of the best times of the year for hiking and getting outdoors as milder temperatures are prevalent and the harshness of winter has yet to set in.
Sick of your same old treks? The Outdoor Project has some suggestions for hikes that will make you feel like a badass. They are all (long) day hikes with beautiful locations for overnight camping, making them perfect for the fall weekend warrior.
Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming, is a 17-mile hike in one of the Rockies classic destinations.
“The Cirque of the Towers lies within the southeast tail of the magnificent Wind River Range. Its expansive reach is depicted by serrated peaks, alpine lakes, and granite walls,” notes the Outdoor Project.
In Mount San Jacinto State Park in the Western Sonoran Desert in Colorado is the Cactus to Clouds Skyline Trail.
“Starting at a mere 450 feet above sea level and gaining more than 10,000 feet by its end, no single trail in the country gains more elevation than Cactus to Clouds. Many use this hike to train for high altitude climbs in the High Sierras and Alaska,” says the outdoor project.
In Sequoia National Park, hikers will find Columbine Lake.
“Columbine Lake lies less than six miles from the end of the road, but in terms of a rugged location with a remote alpine feel, it couldn't be further away,” writes the Outdoor Project.
The complete hike is almost 12 miles with an elevation gain of nearly 4,000 feet and fall is one of the best times to visit.
There are many more badass hikes found here as well as detailed instructions and tips for each route — as well as myriad photos that paint a picture of each trek.
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