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Backpacking in the fall

There is a bite in the cold wind as it hits your cheeks, you pull your hat down a little closer- snug over your ears…the wind is at your back as you crest over the summit. You take a deep breath of crisp, fresh air. Backpacking season is over, but you still feel compelled to climb mountains!

Fall can be one of the best times to get outside; less people, less bugs, less heat. And if you live near Scotchman Peaks, you’re in a great position to enjoy some of the best fall colors in the world. No need to travel when that kind of natural beauty is right around the corner!

There are plenty of local spots to check out if you’re looking for fall beauty. Try out Mickinnick, Gold Hill, Star Peak (via trail #999), Napoleon Gulch, Lakeview Mountain Trail or Continental Creek Trail near Priest Lake, just to name a few.

Remember, it’s hunting season and you’ll want to watch for signs of hunters and animals. Often times this is where you’ll run into animals getting the last of harvest or looking for cozy den spaces for winter.

Check out this best colors interactive map to find out where the best colors are found in your neck of the woods!

Backpacking in the fall can be fun! Here are some things you can do to prepare for a great experience in the fall.

Plan on fall colors, where is the most beautiful exhibit of changing foliage in your area?

Here I have compiled my top ten pieces of Essential gear:

  1. A good tent
  2. A warm sleeping pad
  3. A warm sleeping bag
  4. A good headlight with extra batteries
  5. A warm hat
  6. Extra socks
  7. Layers
  8. A good rain jacket
  9. Gloves or mittens
  10. Gaiters to protect from moisture/ mud


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