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The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors

10.04.17

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  • Small pool of water in the Upper Enchantment area.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Walking through the golden larches next to Lake Perfection.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • The trail along Perfection Lake with vibrant fall colors.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Late summer colors along the trail.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Liberty Bell Group over Blue Lake. From left to right: Liberty Bell (7,720 ft), Concord Tower (7,560 ft), Lexington Tower (7,560 ft), North and South Early Winters Spires (7,760 ft, 7,807 ft).- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) and Nisqually Glacier from Paradise Park, Skyline Trail.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • The Grizzly Peak Trail in the fall.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Painted Hills.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Open meadow just upstream from Dillon Falls on the Deschutes River Trail.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Tillamook Forestry Center.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Ramona Falls.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Fall colors at Lake Sabrina.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Fall colors below Lake Sabrina.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • The Needles at sunrise, Mount Whitney.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Fall colors along the Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Autumn colors on the Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Sawtooth Peak's serrated summit (12,343 ft) stands watch over Mineral King.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Fall colors below Yosemite Falls.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Half Dome from Glacier Point. The cables route is on the opposite side of the dome.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Aspen, maple, and oak trees under granite peaks near Grizzly Gulch.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Brilliant fall colors along Utah's Highway 210.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Looking east over Guardsman's Pass.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • The road to Wasatch Mountain State Park in Midway.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Bells Canyon, a place of breathtaking beauty.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Stunning display of autumn color below Mount Raymond on the Butler Fork Trail.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Keep your eyes peeled for abundant wildlife this time of year.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • One of the many views of the mountain from the Mount Nebo Scenic Byway.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Crystal Mill.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • The hills along Brush Creek showing some fall color.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Bull moose along the Brush Creek Trail.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Awesome double waterfall with willows starting to turn yellow at the end of the summer on the South Fork of Mineral Creek.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Maroon Bells at sunrise.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Fall color on Kebler Pass. - The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Blacksmith shop in Ashcroft.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • The front of the View Hotel in Ashcroft.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Sunrise with a view of Wilson Peak (14,252 ft), Lizard Head, and other peaks from Last Dollar Road.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Sunset over a carpet of leaves on Last Dollar Road.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Aerial view of the Dallas Divide Scenic Route, Sneffels Range, and yellow aspen about to lose their leaves.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • After sunset through aspen groves along the Dallas Divide Scenic Route.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Fall colors at Brandywine Meadows.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Mount Elsay and Elsay Lake from the cabin in the morning.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Looking north toward Whistler, the Sea-To-Sky highway visible top-centre.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Fall colors along the West Canyon Trail on the way to Golden Ears.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • Mount Seymour Trail.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
  • First Peak, Mount Seymour.- The West's Best Hikes for Fall Colors
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There is no shortage of beautiful fall foliage in the west. The lush green aspens, maples, larch, and willow transition into to vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds and transform some of our favorite landscapes to their most brilliant states. 

If the fall colors aren't enough to lure you to the trails, autumn is one of the best seasons for adventure for a number of reasons: fewer crowds, fewer bugs, crisp air, and the chance to see migrating animals. Sure, you might need a rain jacket, but more rain makes for better waterfalls. The cooler temperatures make it the perfect time of year to soak in a nearby hot spring.

We've put together a list of great fall destinations to get your adventures started. Explore the adventures below, grab your favorite fleece, fill a thermos, and hit the trails!

Washington

Liberty Bell over Blue Lake. Photo by Brandon Fralic.

See more fall hikes in Washington. In addition, the road trip on the Mountain Loop Highway and these hikes on the Washington Coast are also ideal fall adventures. 

 

Oregon 

Bigleaf maples in the Columbia River Gorge. Photo by Shane Kucera

See more great fall hikes in Oregon.

 

California

Mineral King Valley. Photo by Aron Bosworth.

​Exploring Yosemite Valley in the fall or climbing Half Dome in the shoulder season are a few other good options this time of year.

 

Idaho

Reflection pond on Fishhook Creek. Photo by Matt Leidecker.

 

Utah

Big Cottonwood Canyon in the fall. Photo by Kyle Jenkins

See more amazing fall adventures in Utah. Fall is also a great time to visit the national parks in Southern Utah:

 

Colorado

Fall on South Fork Mineral Creek. Photo by Fernando Boza

See more amazing fall adventures in Colorado.

British Columbia 

Vibrant fall colors on the trail to Brew Lake. Photo by Duncan Sadava.
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