As the calendar turns from summer to fall, we all are anxious for the first snowfall and for winter to arrive. Yet, fall in the mountains is a time the Alps & Meters team treasures: spending quiet and relaxing moments in mountain settings with incredible scenery before the hustle and bustle of ski season. Our team circled up to share a few of our favorite fall hikes, from the Dolomites to British Columbia.
The perfect hiking companion? Our new Alpine Combined Knit. A lightweight layer with three season versatility, this piece is inspired by the vibrant colors of the mountains in Autumn, and will take you from early season hikes to spring skiing conditions.
SLEEPING INDIAN TRAIL, JACKSON HOLE
The Tetons are perhaps the most beautiful mountains in America and, while they're fun to hike too, we much prefer to look at them while hiking the Gros Ventres on the other side of the valley. Hiking up Sleeping Indian is certainly a moderate-to-difficult hike (a 4,500 foot elevation gain over seven to eight miles to the summit), the wildflowers that line the trail through the summer and early fall is as beautiful as it gets.
LONG TRAIL, VERMONT
The Long Trail of Vermont is the oldest long distance hiking trail in the United States, running North-South along all 272 miles from Southern Vermont to the Canadian border. The trail connects the summits of all the major peaks (and ski resorts) of Vermont: Stratton, Killington, Mt. Ellen (Sugarbush), Mt. Mansfield (Stowe) and Jay Peak.
Our preferred route starts at the Appalachian Gap (not far from Mad River Glen) to the top of Mt. Abraham. New England fall foliage is legendary, and there are few better places to take it in than Camel's Hump State Park.
PUEZ-ODLE ALTOPIANO, SOUTH TYROL ITALY
The rugged beauty of the Dolomites and classic alpine towns like Val Gardena and Cortina d'Ampezzo have long captured our imagination as one of the most beautiful places on the planet. This classic 12-mile trail can be accessed by taking the Selva gondola from Val Gardena. You'll be rewarded with incredible views of the jagged rocks and the idyllic Italian mountainside towns like Santa Maddelina that lie in their shadow.