Fall is a special season when the temperature remains just perfect. If you look closer to nature you will be amazed by the combination of bright colors in the fall. It is when leaves change color, temperature grows colder and wildlife starts preparing for the winter. It is the perfect month of seeing and encountering wildlife while hiking!
Always wanted to see deer grazing fresh grass in the wild? Then this is the season when you must not forget your binoculars. And fall is also the season for hunters. Try wearing bright colors to help hunters distinguish between you and their prey! Otherwise, it might be game over! just kidding! But why take a chance?
Necessary dos and don’ts of fall hiking infographic
In this article, we will talk about dos and don’ts of fall hiking which would make your hiking more adventurous, fun, and awesome! Look at the infographic below to understand everything step by step. Enjoy the visual!
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- Always do some research before heading out to the hiking spot.
- Daylight hours are shorter in the fall, so choose your trail wisely if you don’t want to spend the night in the wild.
- You might know weather forecast changes on a daily basis and mostly in fall, you would feel hot in the day and gradually the temperature tends to fall. So, it is always the best idea to check the weather forecast before leaving for the hike and prepare yourself accordingly.
- Hiking with light gears makes hiking easier.
- Always bring a backpack with you and pack extra water and food than needed.
- Stay hydrated
- Compass, GPS, and phone. Pack these three things, where you can find them easily.
- Wear the clothes in layers keeping varied weather conditions in mind.
- Hiking shoes or boots are best for a fall hike, as the terrain can be slippery from the rain, or you might encounter snow and ice as well.
- Be prepared for any wild animals, like bears. If you are a solo hiker than talking and shouting will keep wildlife away. But this task is easily done if you are hiking in a group.
- Bring a bear spray and don’t forget to know how to use it properly, otherwise, you might embarrass yourself in front of a wild animal.
- Always make sure to inform someone close to you about your start and return time.
- If you are a beginner we recommend you to travel with friends or a group.
- Trekking poles make walking easier, as they provide stability and also can be used to scare off wild animals. So, pack a pair of trekking poles in your backpack.
- Don’t just take light clothes thinking it is not cold, because when night falls, gradually temperature also decreases.
- Avoid running shoes, they are not appropriate for the fall hike.
- Do not wear new boots on your hike, as they will cause painful blisters. Always break in your new boots before wearing them in the hike.
- Don’t walk too quickly. Walk at a comfortable pace.
- Never leave the trail.
- Do not mess with wildlife.
- Do not harm wild plants and flowers.
- Never disturb others with loud music or talk.
- Do not throw litters or garbage in the hiking site. Always keep the area clean.
- Don’t die!!!
Don’t forget to take some pictures and share them with your family, friends, and social media! And we hope you have an adventurous fall hike! Let us know if we have missed any points. We always love to hear from you!