Thinking about…hiking in autumn on the Appalachian Trail


Blog flashback: Autumn – when you have the AT and all other trails mostly to yourself.

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There’s no finer season for hiking or backpacking the Appalachian Trail than the fall months. It’s a superb time for hiking, especially for the curious who may be unaccustomed with the trail.  Day hikes are popular, as well as multi-day and multi-week expeditions. Yet while autumn is perfect for hiking and backpacking, the rules are different from those which apply in summer.

Keeping tabs on weather before you set out is crucial in fall.  At most elevations of the Appalachian Trail snow, sleet, and cold rain can occur any time.  It may be dry and temperate when you leave home, yet turn threatening by the time you clamber toward the summits.  Learn the signs of approaching bad weather and respond accordingly.  Make sure you carry clothing suitable for fall travel; include wool gloves, woolen sweater (not down) and proper rain and wind gear.  Be prepared…

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