During the summer months, hot temperatures can create dangerous conditions for hikers. Winter hiking, although possible, requires special gear and a lot of grit in order to enjoy the extreme weather.
However, hikers experience near perfect conditions in the autumn. The weather is beautiful, humidity is low, and the fall foliage is at its peak. Here are some things to keep in mind while hiking this time of year:
Keep Track of Peak Foliage
In order to truly enjoy your hike, it helps to know when peak foliage time really is for the area where you’ll be hiking. Here in New Hampshire, foliage in the mountains is at its peak around the first week of October. So, if you’re planning a big hike and want to experience the stunning colors, you may want to wait. By hiking too early in the season, you could miss out on the stunning colors.
Layer Your Clothes
Even though the temperatures during the day may be warm, things can cool down quickly in the mornings and nights. In order to have a great hike, you need to make sure you layer your clothes. Depending on the temperature, you’ll want to have at least two layers – a t-shirt style top in a breathable fabric and a longer-sleeved top. In case of rain, you may also want to store a soft or hard shell layer in your backpack. Your layering scheme, however, will depend on the conditions you’re faced with on the day of your hike.
Have Proper Footwear
No matter what time of year you hike, the right footwear will make or break your experience. Before you set out, make sure that your current footwear is not only right for the conditions you’ll face on the trail, but also for the time of year. For instance, if you know that there will be several water crossings on your hike, something that is very common in New England, you’ll want to make sure your boots or at least water resistant, if not waterproof.
Bring a Camera
When hiking during this time of year, don’t forget to bring your camera. Since the colors are so beautiful, you’ll no doubt want to capture the images so that you can remember your hike. If you know that you definitely want to take pictures, you’ll want to find a hike that has particularly great scenery so that you can have plenty of photo opportunities.
When it comes to hiking, fall foliage is one of the best times of year. By following a few tips, you can have a successful and enjoyable experience.