The West’s Best Fall Adventures

best hikes for fall

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!

For more fall adventures, you can view our posts on Great Fall Hikes in Oregon, Hikes for Fall Colors in Washington, and Exploring Yosemite Valley in the Fall.

The Best Hikes for Fall

Bell's Canyon Trail

Bell’s Canyon Trail Hike

Big Pine Creek

Big Pine Creek

Broken Top

Broken Top Crater Hike

Burroughs Mountain

Burroughs Mountain Hike

Lake Sabrina

Lake Sabrina

Little Lake

Sawtooth Pass

Maple Pass Loop

Maple Pass Loop Hike

Mineral King Canyon

Mineral King Valley

Mount Olympus

Mount Olympus Hike

Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier

Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney

Pfieffer Beach

Pfeiffer Beach

This was originally a post from The Outdoor Project.