There’s a first time for everything! And the fall is a great time to take someone out for their first-time hiking trip!
For those of you who are considering doing your first real hike soon, then now is the time to do it. Fall is conducive to new hikers for many reasons, and it’s time to take advantage of all those good things going on outdoors. Whether you’re planning a thru-hike or you just want to experiment on some moderate trails, then there’s no better time than now. Here’s why:
We can not stress enough how perfect the weather is for hiking this time of year. Hiking during the summer or winter can present serious risks for hikers, especially those who are new at it. Even spring, though it has nice weather, can be swarming with things that can give you allergies and make your expereince on the trail uncomfortable. In the fall, you really don’t need to worry about anything getting to you. All you need to worry about is making the most of your hike.
The Trails are Less Crowded
Since kids are back at school, the trail is way less crowded. That means there’s ample time for you to, well, take your time! When there are a lot of people on one trail, not only do you have to compete for hiking permits, but you also have to compete for tranquility. If one reason you’re looking forward to your first-time hiking experience is because of the solidarity, then fall can provide that for you.
When a Trail Level is “Easy,” It’s Actually Easy
Every trail has different levels. While these levels are still the same from season to season, there are always other factors getting in the way of an accurate description. For example, even if a trail may be listed as easy, the summertime heat can actually make it very hard. In the winter, a hike with a quick elevation climb, even if that climb is “easy,” can make hikers lose their breath quickly. This time of year, you can really trust what you’re getting yourself into.
There’s More Wildlife to Be Seen
Not everyone wants to get up close and personal with wildlife. But for some, it really makes the hiking experience genuine. If you’re hoping to add some bear sightings or deer sightings to your first time hike, then this is your chance. Animals will be very busy getting themselves prepared for winter. You can see it all; just remember to keep your distance.
It’s Cleaner for You
I don’t know about you, but hiking in the summer is just…dirty. You’re sweaty, sticky, full of dirt, and seriously can’t wait to take a shower. The fall is a bit different. Because of the mild temperature, you may still sweat, but at least there’s no humidity! You can actually feel okay about skipping that shower, which is good news for first-time hikers who are still getting used to staying clean outdooors.
You Can Pack Lightly and Dress Lightly
One reason it’s not good for first-time hikers to give this sport a whirl in other seasons is because the amount needed to pack. In the winter, you need a heavy jacket, emergency gear, and extra materials if you find yourself in danger. Luckily, in fall, the clothes you need aren’t too bulky and the gear you need is limited. Wear or bring a few layers and you’re good to go!
Your Family and Friends May Be More Willing to Join You
Heading out on your first-time hiking definitely takes a lot of guts. While we want to encourage solo hiking, sometimes it’s good to hike with someone the first few times around. If you plan on doing your first-time hike in the fall, it’s likely that your family, friends, and even your dog will be willing to join you. Trail conditions are safer and more ideal, and you can be sure you won’t experience it alone.
The Scenery is Perfect for Your First-Time Hiking Experience
It’s kind of a disappointment when you’re expecting to see something beautiful, but the sights didn’t reach your expectations. For whatever reason, hiking in the other seasons may cause your view to be not as good as it could be. Therefore, fall is best for your first-time hiking. You’re pretty much guaranteed a good sight wherever you go.
We’re thrilled you’re planning your first-time hiking experience. But, don’t wait too long! You only have a few weeks before it starts to get very cold!