3 top destinations for fall hiking
Come fall, Mother Nature will be dazzling us with a color show in the trees — with leaves turning into fiery reds, burnt oranges and vibrant yellows. And we believe the best way to see the leaves is to be smack-dab in the middle, getting a 360-degree view of fall’s magnificent color show.
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Here’s three of the best places to go hiking in the fall.
Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colo: Located 10 miles outside of Aspen and up Maroon Creek Road, Maroon Bells just so happens to be the most photographed mountains in the United States. And, there’s good reason. In the fall, the changing aspen leaves, wildflowers and snow-capped mountains are picture-perfect. For an easy, 1.5 mile hike, take the “Scenic Loop Trail.” You’ll get to see cascading waterfalls and a beaver pond hidden in the aspens.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park in West Texas: The park has 80 miles of trails for hikers to explore. But, the Guadalupe Mountains aren’t just for hiking. You can also go horseback riding, bird watching as well as discover fossils that reveal clues about the Permian Era — a time 265 million years ago when the area was covered by a tropical sea. Begin at the Pine Springs Visitor Center, where you can grab maps, brochures, check out the bookstore and talk with staff members about your itinerary. Right outside the visitor center is The Pinery Trail, a short path that will lead you to the historic ruins of the Butterfield Overland Mail stage station.
June Lake Loop in California: Located in the heart of California’s eastern Sierra Nevada region, the trails lead into the back country of the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area that is named after the famous photographer. Most of the hikes in the region — like the one along Agnew Lake or Fern Lake — are for more advanced hikers. But, there’s a 2-mile hike along the Parker Lake Trail that is perfect for beginners or families with kids.
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