The hiking season always just seems too short. Sometimes we feel that summer weekends aren’t sufficient to please our desire to conquer all those mountain summits and spend some time in the hills away from city noise.
That’s why we always tend to prolong our hiking season as much as possible. We can even withstand heavy downpours or strong winds, just to feel the excitement of climbing a mountain one more time.
If you’re having a doubt whether you should take an autumn hike or not, here are some great reasons to dispel your doubts! Maybe you shouldn’t put your hiking gear away yet!
1. Multicolored Landscapes
Is there a better location to see wonderful autumn colors than the high peaks of the Swiss Alps? Alpine villages and forests look breathtaking when colored in vibrant shades of yellow, brown, orange and red, and even a plain landscape can look almost unreal when fall arrives.
Walking through the woodland of deciduous trees before they lose their leaves, or enjoying the spectacular autumn colors from high alpine peaks beyond the tree line are equally amazing experiences. Don’t miss a chance to make some really great photographs, especially to capture the reflection of colorful foliage in the pristine mountain lakes.
2. Crowd-free Hikes
If you’re annoyed by crowds on mountain trails and if you tend to avoid crowds generally, then fall hikes are your best chance to hike the Alps. Spring and fall are the seasons with fewer crowds. Not everyone likes hiking in cold weather so the hiking season ends for many people with the last days of August.
On once crowded famous trails you can encounter just a few groups during cooler months of the year. These people you meet on trails are mainly avid and experienced hikers – hikers in a good shape and those who can bear being a little uncomfortable in order to spend some time in mountains.
3. Less Sun Heat
Another great reason to choose an autumn hike over the summer hike is the amount of sun. Less sun means less sweating and less effort to reach your destination. Hiking in warm summer day has its own advantages, but on the other hand – hot, midday sun can really make your hike more demanding.
That’s why an autumn hike may seem quite relaxing in some way. Luckily, entering the second half of September doesn’t mean that there’ll be no more sunny days. During autumn months, sun in mountains is not as hot as during summer months, but it still warms our skin and body so satisfyingly.
And no matter the season, don’t forget the sun protection. Sun protection is a must on any hike.
4. The Coziness of a Mountain Hut
The crackling sounds from a fireplace, the howling tune of the wind outside and a warm cup of tea inside a mountain hut – could this be a definition of coziness? After many hours of walking in the cold breeze, arriving at a hut out there in the mountains to get a bit of warm or spend the night, seem so satisfying.
Hanging out with like-minded people inside the mountain hut, eating a delicious meal and drinking a warm beverage somewhere in a secluded alpine hut – isn’t it a great way to end your day in mountains? Everyone who has ever visited any of thousands of mountain huts in the Alps surely agrees that the welcoming and the pleasant atmosphere found in these mountain shelters is one of the best things about hiking.
5. This Might Be Your Last Chance to Hike This Year
Many roads, cable cars and trails in the Swiss Alps are closed and no more accessible when winter arrives. Many popular tourist places are partly or completely shut-down. Snow can block many routes making them impassable and unsafe. If you found yourself in a mountain during winter months, don’t take any risk on closed trails, believe us – they are closed for a reason.
Therefore, fall might be your last chance to reach certain alpine summits this year. If you’re not a fan of snowshoeing and winter hiking, then you’ll probably have to wait for the first signs of spring to get your hiking shoes on.