It’s Time to Get Outside: The Best Fall Hikes in the US (and Rugged Eyewear to Take Along)

It’s Time to Get Outside: The Best Fall Hikes in the US (and Rugged Eyewear to Take Along)

Fall has finally arrived!

Heat waves and humidity will soon be just a memory. It’s time to get back outside and enjoy the changing leaves and brisk evening temperatures. To help, we’ve assembled some of the United States’ best fall hikes. Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been tackling the trails for years, these paths will give you perfect views for the season.

Easy Paths With Beautiful Views


Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park, ME

Distance: 3.4 miles

This short loop features gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding mountains. And with fall just around the corner, the changing leaves make it absolutely stunning (bonus: leashed dogs are welcome). 

Runyon Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains, CA

Distance: 3 miles

If you’re looking for a hike right outside a major metropolis, Runyon Canyon is the place. Not only is it dog-friendly, but visitors often get a chance to spy local celebrities out for a morning run. 

Tougher Hikes for the More Experienced

May Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

Distance: 2.5 miles 

Don’t be fooled by the short mileage; the elevation gain on this hike means novices should probably hold off. However, the lake you’ll reach at the summit makes any struggle to the top completely worth it.

Dead Horse Trail, Gunnison National Park, CO

Distance: 5 miles

While Gunnison National Park has tons of hiking options – ranging from easy two-mile loops to more strenuous, uphill climbs – the Dead Horse Trail is ideal for moderate hikers looking for a day hike ending in stunning views.

Be Prepared for Wherever Adventure Takes You


Trails for the Strong (Hiking Sunglasses a Plus)

Angels Landing, Zion National Park, UT

Distance: 5 miles 

The cooler weather of fall makes it the perfect time to visit Zion. While the National Park offers hiking options for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts, the more strenuous hikes earn adventurers the best payoff.

While not particularly long, the elevation climb of 1,500 feet and the canyon exposure make this a more difficult trail than most; however, all that canyon exposure also means breathtaking views of one of the most beautiful sites in the U.S.

Sitton’s Gulch Trail, Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA

Distance: 5 miles 

Ideal during the changing weather of fall, this lush hike takes you down into Cloudland Canyon, where you’ll pass over fast-flowing streams and encounter clear blue waterfalls – both small and large.

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What Are You Waiting For?

We’ve found the best fall hikes, now it’s time for you to get out and enjoy them. We've got you covered with eyewear technology that protects your vision and enhances your outdoor experience. Our Hiking Sunglasses are designed with your active lifestyle in mind. And for space-saving convenience, our compactible Aviator and Risky Foldables, are trail-ready, easily fitting in your pocket. Enjoy the view! 

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