Autumn may very well be the best time of year for hiking.
Traffic on the trails drops dramatically when there’s a chill in the air. Many people don’t realize that there’s heat in your hiking shoes. The faster they move the warmer you become. Be careful no to let your base layers get wet from sweat. The key is to dress warm, bring your backpack and as you warm up take layers off and store them in your pack. When you stop to rest you should always put a layer back on so that your warmth doesn’t escape.
Another benefit of fall hiking is the views. When the leaves fall off you can see much farther than when the trees are full of green leaves.
Pictures bellow are from a hike in mid-December on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland.