It’s hard to believe my favorite hiking season is just around the corner. Cooler temps, fewer crowds, brilliant colors – what’s not to love? In honor of the changing seasons, I’ve compiled a list of ten hikes throughout the northeast with maximum autumn views.
- Stony Ledge – An easy 2 mile walk from Rockwell Road in the Mt. Greylock State Reservation. Offers views of the Mt. Greylock summit and The Hopper valley below.
- Rounds Rock – Also located in the Mt. Greylock State Reservation, this hike is an easy 1 mile loop that leads to a pair of ledges with dramatic views of Mt. Greylock.
- Noonmark – Although not one of the official 46 Adirondack High Peaks, Noonmark still offers one of the best views in the region (including a view of the Great Range). Ascend via the Stimson trail, which leaves from the Ausable Cub property, or the Dix trail, which leaves from route 73.
- Marcy Dam – One of my favorite ‘quick fix’ hikes in the Adirondacks. Marcy Dam is an easy 2.5 mile jaunt from the Adirondack Loj via the Van Hoevenberg Trail. Enjoy views of the lake while Mts. Colden and Algonquin provide a dramatic backdrop.
- Gothics – A longer, more strenuous hike (about 12 miles round trip), but worth the effort. Gothics provides 360-degree views from its summit and some fun scrambles and cable-climbs.
- Mounts Lincoln and Lafayette – This 9 mile loop takes you up the Falling Waters trail, over Franconia Ridge and descends via the Old Bridle Path trail. It’s one of the classic White Mountain hikes and its views of the Presidential Range and Pemi Wilderness won’t disappoint.
- Mount Kearsarge – Located in Winslow State Park, this steep 3 mile hike offers views in all directions, including Lake Sunapee, the Green Mountains, and the White Mountains.
- Welch and Dicky – Another classic White Mountain hike, it’s a relatively easy 4.5 miles with only a few steep sections. Views include the Mad River Valley and Franconia Notch.
- Mount Monadnock – One of the most-climbed mountains in the world. Ascend via any trail (about 4.5 miles round trip) for expansive views across Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
- Camel’s Hump – On a clear day, you can take in views of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains, and the Presidential Range. This 6.5 mile hike is one of the most popular in Vermont.