Fall hiking always calls for a pair of durable, water repellent pants to protect you from poisonous plants, rough terrain, and wet conditions. This pair of The North Face Men’s Paramount Peak II Convertible Pants is a perfect example of a great fall hiking pant. It has UPF 50 sun protection, a water repellent finish, plenty of pockets, and best of all, convertible zip off bottom, to turn them into shorts (in case you need to cool down after a long trek).
Grab an old t-shirt from your closet, or buy one made for the trail. Either way layering is the key to comfortable hiking. Also, stay away from cotton materials, since they will trap moisture, which leads to more serious issues when you increase in altitude and decrease in temperature. L.L.Bean’s Trail Tee is a great everyday hiking shirt. It is lightweight and breathable with a quick-drying, antimicrobial fabric that moves moisture away from the body.
I’m always a fan of a nice, medium-heavy flannel, but a lighter fleece will work well on the trail, too. Patagonia’s Long-Sleeved Fjord Flannel Shirt is great looking, durable, and soft. A great layer to add to your pack, and whip out if it gets chillier on your hike.
Be prepared for when the weather can turn. A good rain jacket can protect you from the harsher elements, but also provide another solid weather for when temperatures drop. The Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket is a great deal as a waterproof and breathable hard shell, that packs down to a light, easy size to store.
With summer gone, it may seem like the sun is not quite as strong as it used to be. But, when outside for an extended period, a good hat is required. Protect your face from harsh sun rays, while keeping it cool and comfortable. The Tilley LTM6 Airflo Hat is a terrific option for effectively blocking 98% of UVA and UVB rays, with a mesh to allow airflow. While it may not stand up to heavy rain, it is great for light rain and quickly dries.
If you don’t already own a pair, a good set of hiking boots is a smart investment. Long-lasting and made for the trails, hiking boots will keep your feet stable and comfortable. The Champex OutDry by Columbia or another of The Active Times’ best hiking boots are viable options. The Champex is a strong, breathable go-to trail boot.
Wool or a synthetic material sock is the best compliment to your comfy hiking boots. They dry fast but also let your feet breathe. The Ascent Hiking Lightweight Socks are great for fall, with superior wicking and drying properties, an overall soft touch, and a lightweight, non-bulky fit.