Autumn is one of the best seasons to find places to hike because you can see some of nature's most amazing colors.
When hitting the trail, make sure you're prepared for everything by packing personal hygiene products along with your other necessities. If you're still deciding where to enjoy the fall colors, consider one of these amazing trails:
1. High Rock Lookout Tower, WA
Located near Mount Rainier, High Rock Lookout Tower was built in 1929, though the building is no longer in use. According to expert hiker Halvor Tweto, the cabin remains open to the public, though occupancy is not allowed.
The hike is just over three miles with a net elevation gain of 1,365 feet. At the top of the trail, you'll get an amazing 360-degree panorama of the surroundings, which include views of Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens and, on clear days, Mount Hood.
2. Fern Lake Trail, CO
In the heart of Rocky Mountain National Park, the Fern Lake trail offers amazing lakeside vistas, lush foliage and hidden waterfalls. The Denver Post reported that the trail features several scenic stopping points, including Fern Falls, The Pool – a lookout spot over the river – as well as a cliffside view of Odessa Lake.
The hike is adjustable, depending on your skill and endurance level, and ranges from 3.4 to 9.8 miles.
3. Oaks to Wetlands Trail, WA
Hidden within the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Washington state, the trailhead of this colorful hike is roughly 30 miles from downtown Portland, Oregon. According to PDX Monthly, this hike offers amazing views of the region's white oaks, which turn a bright copper color in the autumn.
The trail is rated as an easy difficulty level, which makes the 2 mile adventure one of the best places to hike for families. You'll likely see migrating swans, ducks and geese, as well as the occasional red fox.
4. Tully Mountain, MA
Located in central Massachusetts, Tully Mountain is home to several trails of varying difficulty levels, each offering amazing views of the changing autumn colors. Experienced hikers can climb the mountain to see the rolling hills surrounding nearby Mount Monadnock, according to Boston.com.
If you're hiking with kids, the more gentle path along Tully Pond makes for a great afternoon excursion.
5. Birchtoft Trail, NH
This New England trail has a little something for nature lovers and literary historians alike. According to New Hampshire magazine, the area was once home to a commune of famous transcendentalists, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
Birchtoft trail is 2.9 miles long with an elevation gain of 1,750 feet. At the top of Mount Monadnock, you'll see an expansive vista of green, gold, yellow and red. On a clear day, you may even see the Boston skyline nestled on the horizon.