13 Tips for Hiking in the Fall

*This post is sponsored by Backcountry and ShopStyle. All items were picked out by me and all opinions are 100% my own. Partnerships like these make The Miller Affect possible.

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As you probably know by now, I love to hike. If I am in an area where there is prime hiking you better believe I will find a trail. This is one of the main reasons Troy and I are moving to Colorado next summer!

We love to be outdoors and I am so glad we found a store that we know will have everything we need to have a great time outside. Backcountry has everything you could need each season to gear up for the outdoors. In this post, I will be sharing 13 tips for hiking in the Fall, which will include ‘what to wear’ from Backcountry! Check out their Fall Lifestyle page for seasonal trends!

themilleraffect.com sharing her fall hiking tips with backcountry

themilleraffect.com hiking with her patagonia pullover from backcountry
the miller affect wearing Danner Trail hiking shoes from backcountry

Fleece Pullover I Black Turtleneck I Leggings I Shoes I Beanie I Backpack

For those of you who like to hike but may not really know how to go about it, or for those of you who hike all the time but may not enjoy it that much, please read below! I would love to convert you over to the HIKER SIDE! Haha, yes I just made that up!

Tips for Hiking in the Fall:

1. Enjoy the ride. Many people just think the hike is about the destination. it is true that some hikes end at amazing scenic overlooks, lakes, waterfalls, etc. But, the best part of the hike is exploring the area around you on your way to the end. Actually, my parents prefer loop trails because they would rather just walk for 4 miles and see completely new scenery the entire time rather than hiking up something and then back down. 

2. Take breaks. The great thing about hiking is that you can go at your own pace. It isn’t a race. If people keep passing you so what. Take as many breaks as you need!

3. Bring snacks. If it is a long hike I recommend bringing a lunch and picking a resting spot to sit down and eat. For a short hike maybe just a granola bar. You never know when you will need it!

4. H20. Drink LOTS OF WATER before, during, and after the hike. Your body will love you for it. A lot of hikes are in some serious altitude and everyone has a different reaction to that. Being hydrated is KEY.

5. Bring bug spray. Y’all, mountain bugs are no joke. I see mosquitoes the size of big flies. And the bites turn into welts. Spray down before the hike and bring it with you in your backpack so you can spray as needed. We also like to offer it to people we pass by because you never know who may have forgotten it!

6. Speaking of backpacks, I recommend someone in your group having one. You can carry your snacks, bug spray, camera, phone, sunscreen, and water in it. Bring a backpack like this one from Patagonia. It clips at your chest and around your waist to take as much weight off your back as possible!

7. Wear layers. It may be nice and toasty before you take off, but the shade can sometimes be chilly and if your destination is up the mountain, near a lake, etc, you may be in for a shocking surprise. I always wear layers and can stuff the outside later in a backpack or tie it around my waist when I don’t need it. I am ALWAYS thankful to have it! For this hike I wore a thin Prana turtleneck under this soft Patagonia pullover. It was perfect. 

(more tips for hiking in the Fall below)

the miller affect wearing a fleece and sharing tips for hiking in the fall

8.  Invest in a pair of hiking shoes. The best decision I ever made was investing in hiking shoes. I have a high top pair and then these Danner trail shoes that I am wearing here. If you are weak in the ankles and tend to be clumsy I definitely recommend a high top pair. I will have a blog post dedicated to hiking boots next month! Regular tennis shoes are OK for flat hikes, but you are taking a big risk for injury on anything from moderate to difficult hikes.

9. Leave your camera and your phone in your backpack on the way up. Just enjoy the moment and the view and the peaceful nature you are in. You will have plenty of time to stop back at your favorite lookouts on the way back for videos and photos!

10. GO EARLY! Going early gives you more time for rest stops and snack breaks and you can avoid the crowds (aka parking!) 

(three more tips for hiking in the Fall below)

the miller affect hiking in her backcountry fleece and leggings

11. Wear sunscreen AND chapstick that has SPF! It may not seem like you are getting sun but you are. Nothing like a horrible sunburn on the  back of your neck to ruin a trip!

12. Hats and sunglasses are always a good idea. Definitely invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses. They will protect your eyes and they also make everything so much more vivid and colorful. If it is super sunny a hat or visor will help protect your face and if it super cold a beanie like the Coal pom beanie I am wearing here will keep your ears warm.

13. Lastly, download the All Trails app. Troy and I use this app everywhere we go. It lists all the trails in your area, has pictures, gives directions and levels of difficulty! It is a must for hikers!

patagonia hiking backpack from backcountry on themilleraffect.com

Fleece Pullover I Black Turtleneck I Leggings I Shoes I Beanie I Backpack

Do you have any more tips for hiking in the fall that you want to add? If so, please leave them in a comment below!

Make sure to head to Backcountry to gear up for your next hike! And be sure to use code
AMANDA15 to get 15% off your first order at Backcountry.com (exclusions apply)! I included some more items for layering below to get you started:

Favorite Fall Pullovers –

You can shop more from Backcountry here at Five Things to do in Breckenridge, CO.

xox Amanda

*Photos taken in Park City, UT


  1. November 27, 2019 / 9:21 pm

    Great tips for what to wear and what to take! I’ve been going hiking and setting up trail cameras to capture some pictures of elk and deer in my local area. It’s such a cool extra part of hiking! https://www.critterlick.com/

  2. Whitney Shuman
    September 30, 2019 / 8:31 pm

    Thanks for the trail app rec! Our family is new to the Triangle area of NC and we have been enjoying the trails close to home but are looking forward to getting a little farther out once temps cool off! Love your blog!!

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