Think crisp air, popping colors, bright blue skies, and complete silence, except for the sound of leaves crunching under your feet. With conditions like that, hiking goes from feeling like a "workout" to a mindful, calming experience.
"Fall means perfecting hiking weather," wildlife biologist and long-distance hiker Sage Clegg tells mbg. "The cool air of fall is so nice to walk in, especially for long climbs that might be sweat-fests in the summer."
But without the right information, your serene fall hike can get unpleasant real fast. Which is why we chatted with women who hike great distances and climb mountains to get the inside scoop on how to have the best fall hike ever.