18 Stunning Fall Foliage Hiking Photos to Brighten up Your Day

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”—Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.

I couldn’t have said it better, Lucy. Seriously, what’s not to love about this time of year? The spooky fun, pumpkin-flavored everything, trick-or-treating… you name it. Topping the list is fall hiking, of course! These 18 beautiful fall foliage photos, submitted by our readers, are a sweet treat that might just inspire you to set out on your next adventure.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the North Country Trail in Michigan.

Lani Shooks

On the Long Trail near Rutland, Vermont.

Sydney Kay

Tamaracks on the PCT in Harts Pass, Washington.

—Mark Painter

Section 13 on the Superior Hiking Trail in Finland, Minnesota.

—Mike Fetzick

Hope Valley in California.

Michael Kostove

The PCT in Washington.

Brooklyn “Landmark” Dewante

Roosevelt State Park in Morton, Mississippi.

—Buck Rogers

Near Southampton, Massachusetts.

Sydney Kay

Washington on the PCT.

Dru Parks

Harts Pass in Washington.

Judith Müller

Chirico Trail near Issaquah, Washington.

—Matthew Davis

The PCT in Mt. Washington Wilderness, Oregon.

Juliette Kerven

In the Collegiate Peaks on the Colorado Trail near Salida.

—Willy Albanes

Guanella Pass on the Abyss Trail in Colorado.

Kristy Buettner

Views of Mount Jefferson from the Castle Trail near Thompson and Meserve’s Purchase, New Hampshire.

Alexa Carpenter

Near Mt. Hood on the PCT.

Dorothy & Toto

Mt. Margaret Backcountry in Norway Pass, Washington.

Nate Zaharko

Guanella Pass on the Abyss Trail in Colorado.

Kristy Buettner

Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to hike! Happy trails and happy fall, y’all!

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Featured image composite: Sydney Kay (left); Brooklyn Dewante (center top); Judith Müller (center bottom); Mark Painter (right).

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