Aug 22

The Best Fall Hiking Trips

Our Favorite Global Trekking Trips for Fall

Crisp morning air, changing leaves, striking views, cozy accommodations, and an extra cup of coffee are just a few of our favorite things about hiking in the fall. Cooler temperatures in the early mornings and late afternoons are complimented by pronounced mid-day sun. We love any excuse to pack a puffy and warm tea. Fall hiking might be our favorite. 

Fall is so advantageous because you get to experience popular places with less crowds. By September, many families are back to school and in the office. If you can manage time away, consider packing your bags and head hiking this fall.


Fall Classics 

Quintessential fall hikes showcase changing leaves and, perhaps, the first dusting of snow on high peaks. We run our Engadine Trek in the summer and fall because September is not to be missed. The weather is quite pleasant and you get to enjoy each town without an entourage of tourists bustling about. Plus, we think the alpine lakes sparkle a little brighter in the fall.

If fall foliage is your top priority, our Telluride Trek should be at the top of your list. Escape to the San Juan Mountains, the most stunning mountains in all of Colorado. Hit the trail in late September or early October for peak leaf peeping. Telluride is our hometown so we know all the secret spots and can give you amazing advice and tidbits for this self-guided adventure.


Warm Weather Favorites 

We get it, fall weather might not be for everyone. That’s why we take advantage of “off-season” in coastal towns with warmer weather. Our Northern Greece, Aegean Sea and Epirus Mountains trip, still showcases 70 degree weather in September. We visit some of the most unique settings and get to enjoy them without big crowds. 

Our self-guided Cinque Terre itinerary is ideal in September and October. This is the perfect trip to slow down and enjoy dramatic views of the coast, vineyards, olive gardens, and picture-perfect villages. The weather is optimal for hiking, sun bathing, and wine tasting!

Cinque Terre Trek


For Foodies 

At Ryder-Walker, we love southwestern cuisine almost as much as we love hiking. On our New Mexico: Santa Fe to Taos trek we enjoy the changing seasons and indulge in delicious food (green chili, tamales, posole, chile relleno, and more) and cocktails (the biggest array of margaritas) every step of the way. 

If seafood is more your thing, you will love the cookery we enjoy on our Portugal, the Southwestern Scenic Coastal Trek. Simple seafood dishes showcase big flavors and healthy ingredients. Wine, cheeses, meats, and pastries are also favorites on the menu. 

No matter where you head this fall, you are sure to have an incredible time. Our hikes are designed to follow the best trails in the most ideal seasons. We hope to see you this fall! 

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