Aug 02

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. This can also be done as a self-guided adventure through October.

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. We offer this trip self-guided through October 15th.


Warm Weather Favorites 

We get it, fall weather might not be for everyone. That’s why we take advantage of “off-season” and head to warmer climates. Our Sedona Arizona: The Heart of Redrock Country trek will have sunny and warm temps in the mid 70s during peak hours through October. Trek through the magical desert scenery of northern Arizona on this Guided 7-day adventure in October.

If captivating coastlines, sapphire waters, and a laid-back Italian lifestyle is more your style than our Self-Guided Capri & The Amalfi Coast trek is where you should be heading this fall. Spend your days hiking between famous the Mediterranean beach towns of Sorrento, Amalfi and Positano, and enjoy cliffside walks on the island of Capri. In the evenings dine on delicious regional specialties from the mountains and the sea.


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.

Savor the delights of Tuscan cuisine, from local meats and cheeses to fresh pastas seasoned with regional herbs on our self-guided Tuscany trip. This is a have-it-all fall hiking trip through the idyllic Tuscan countryside. Follow the remote and picturesque Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim’s route with traces of the Roman road still visible, offering an authentic and tranquil journey through rarely visited villages and iconic European landmarks. We stay in charming farm-house hotels and medieval villages tucked away amidst the rolling hills, which is all perfect in the fall.


Self-Guided Fall Favs

We love the Ticino region of Switzerland in the fall when you get to experience the quintessential Swiss landscapes with the locals. Traverse deep pre-Alpine valleys, lush chestnut forests, and rocky peaks, all while encountering charming medieval churches and artisanal shops along the way. The lake resort town of Locarno is less crowded in September and October, which we absolutely love. Explore the region’s most spectacular mountain scenery and serene lake views this fall.


The Appenzell Hut Hop in Switzerland becomes a truly spectacular destination in the fall, as airy mountain trails meander through a breathtaking landscape of folded peaks, water-sculpted limestone outcroppings, and knife ridges adorned with vibrant autumn colors. This 6-day point-to-point hiking tour offers an exhilarating experience, including a challenging hike across the Lisengrat ridge, known for its precipitous drops and stunning ridge walk views. Along the way, indulge in the pride of the Appenzellers – the famous Appenzeller cheese – and relish the comforts of dramatically situated mountain houses with panoramic views, delicious cuisine, and cozy amenities, making it a perfect fall adventure in Switzerland.

Wherever you journey with Ryder-Walker this fall, an unforgettable experience awaits. Contact us today and let’s start planning your perfect fall adventure. Continue your search with our guided trips here and our self-guided offerings here.

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