We love backpacking in the fall, when the temps cool and the trails see less traffic. Though winter’s about to take over, we’ve got a month or so left (if that!) to take advantage of the little things arid summers don’t afford, like steaming drinks midday, nonthreatening campfires and sleeping in late.
The following are a few of our favorite places in the country for multi-day treks between mid-September and mid-November. Don’t forget to pack extra layers, warm socks, a beanie and light gloves—then enjoy some of the best fall backpacking in the country.