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Contest: Win Timberland Hiking Boots for Fall

News  September 26 2011
 — By Jeanette Kozlowski
Contest: Win Timberland Hiking Boots for Fall

For a brief moment every year, the world around us ignites with blazing colors. It’s nature’s last hurrah of the season that gives way to a spectacular fireworks display of glowing red, orange and yellow hues.

Yes, there’s no better time of the year to lace up your hiking boots and explore.

And if you need new boots for this season, you’re in luck. We’re giving away a pair of Timberland hiking boots perfect for tackling a changing landscape. How can you enter? Simply answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What’s your favorite fall hike and why?

And if you have photos from a past autumn hike, feel free to share a link to a Flickr album, too. We would love to momentarily transport ourselves there and live in that memory of pure beauty and serenity. Who wouldn’t?

While there can only be one winner, we are offering two different pairs. For men, there’s the Timberland Mountain Athletics Cadion 2.0 (pictured below). This mid boot has a Gore-Tex membrane and weighs just 17.5 ounces. It features full-grain leather and a Vibram XS Trek combined with Vibram Eco-Step outsole for excellent traction.

For the ladies, we have the Women’s White Ledge Waterproof Hiker (pictured below) with full-grain leather. The boot is seam-sealed to keep water out and boasts a moisture-trapping liner to manage the moisture within. A removable duel-density EVA footbed offers even more air circulation and a padded collar and tongue provide an extra layer of comfort. The back of the foot is protected with an external heel and a rubber outsole with strategically placed lugs ensures the best traction on the trail.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. The winner will be announced on Oct. 10, 2011. Congratulations to Alex Ware! He won our giveaway with his explanation and photos of his favorite fall hike in Sedona, Arizona.

(46) Readers Comments

  1. my favorite fall hike is in Yosemite
    hike to the top of clouds rest from Tenneya Lake 15 miles round trip
    you get a beautiful 360 of the park

  2. Worked the past three summers in Montana (Helena U.S. Forest Service). Beautiful state! I would recommend just about anywhere in Montana to hike with my favorite being in Glacier National Park. In Washington State there is a Meadow hike up at Mt Baker that is perfect in the fall. In Maine.. hikes up Mt. Katahdin are wonderful as well. Oregon is my fav state to hike but I’d like to keep those places to myself:)

  3. My favorite hike is up the hill behind my house. It’s about a 1,000′ climb in about 1.2 miles. Very steep! I must have hiked this hill hundreds of times in the past 12 years. I usually leave about 6am and head out through a drainage with sagebrush on either side. Up the side of the drainage and through more sage to an old road. Then up the road to the ridge and along another road to the peak. Over the years I’ve seen bear tracks, mountain lion tracks and lots of deer, coyotes, hawks and rabbits. At the top I can look out over two valleys on either side and watch the sunrise in the summer. In winter I have to wear a headlamp to light my way. Once the ground freezes it’s a much easier hike in the winter months. I’ve had knee problems in the past few years and had to give up hiking for a bit. My first hike back up was wonderful, like seeing an old friend again. I had knee replacement surgery last winter and am looking forward to renewing my friendship with my old friend.

  4. My favorite fall hike is off the Virginia Lakes, California roadway. Find any aspen grove and lose yourself in the yellows, oranges, and green leaf colors set against blue skies and snow covered mountain views. You probably won’t see another soul and that is just the way I like it!

  5. My favorite fall hikes are those that take you through forests of changing color and aromatic with the ripe smells of moist earth coming to life from a refreshing early season rain. In California, we get a taste of the changing seasons, and some wonderful aspen tree polychromatics up in the Sierra, but hailing originally from Indiana, my favorite fall hikes are in the rolling hills outside of Bloomington Indiana.

  6. My favorite fall hike is in the Adirondack Mountains near Racquet Lake with my family and it has to be in late September or early October. When the leaves are changing color and the air has that slight nip to it. Absolutely love the peace it brings.

  7. My favorite fall hike is also my favorite summer hike–Laramie Peak, Wyo.

    What’s not to like about a trailhead you get to drive 40 miles over classic rangeland to get to…is that cool or what!

    The trail remains the same; but the summertime deep green gives way to a green and gold explosion and, as can happen his time of year, a white winter mantle already tommorow morning.

    Seriously, snow!

  8. The seasons in Southern California are much more subtle than other parts of the country. But in the fall I like to head to Big Santa Anita Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains above Arcadia. It’s just minutes from my home and the human sprawl of the L.A. basin, but it provides a real sense of being away from it all. Hikes out of Chantry Flat into Big Santa Anita Canyon include such destinations as Spruce Grove trail camp, Hoegees trail camp, and the popular Sturtevant Falls. Autumn colors are provided by bigleaf maple, white alder, western sycamore, and the ubiquitous poison oak, all against a rich texture of mature chaparral. http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/hoegees.html

  9. My favorite place to hike no longer exists due to a massive wildfire. Bastrop State Park in Bastrop, Texas lost all but 100 acres out of nearly 6000 acres during the Labor Day weekend fire.
    Bastrop, Texas has/had an ancient pine forest in an area where no other pine trees exist-it was like stepping back into history.
    The last time that I went there, there was a massive migration of Robins and they were all taking a break at the State Park-just like me.
    The rolling terrain made the hiking trails interesting, challenging and relaxing. The other people hiking the trails that you would occasionally run into were all pretty nice and courteous.
    The trails included a deer blind (for shooting pictures), a frog pond and a fishing pond.
    Now, I have to find other trails. I can go back to McKinney Falls in Austin, but I am ready to find new terrain-perhaps a trip to Colorado is in order for me. I anticipate facing more challenging trails in Colorado so I need to “better my gear” and Timberline Hiking Boots seems to be a good start.

  10. The route up Mt. Yale in Colorado. Vivid colors and typically splendid, rich blue skies in Colorado this time of year without the afternoon clouds and rain.

  11. The best autumn hike ever? West Fork of Oak Creek, north of Sedona, AZ. Anyone who thinks Arizona lacks color – think again! Towering canyon walls, oaks and maples ablaze under a brilliant blue sky. Rippling Oak Creek, where fallen leaves take a leisurely float. The trail a carpet of color. The smells of water, fresh air, fallen leaves, vanilla scent of Ponderosa Pine bark. A feast for the senses!

  12. The Wave/Coyote Buttes in Northern AZ! The views are absolutely stunning in ‘the wave’ in particular, not to mention meandering in the nearby paths and slot canyons, and autumn is the perfect time to hike without having to worry about the heat! The bonus (if you get in) is that only a handful of people are allowed each day, so it’s an especially beautifully escape! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/azchick/2782691135/in/set-72157603839362206)

  13. The seasons in Southern California are much more subtle than other parts of the country. But in the fall I like to head to Big Santa Anita Canyon in the San Gabriel Mountains above Arcadia. It’s just minutes from my home and the human sprawl of the L.A. basin, but it provides a real sense of being away from it all. Hikes out of Chantry Flat into Big Santa Anita Canyon include such destinations as Spruce Grove trail camp, Hoegees trail camp, and the popular Sturtevant Falls. Autumn colors are provided by bigleaf maple, white alder, western sycamore, and the ubiquitous poison oak, all against a rich texture of mutual chaparral. http://www.simpsoncity.com/hiking/hoegees.html

  14. In the autumn I head for the West Fork of Oak Creek near Sedona AZ.. While Sedona is known for red rock ledges and cliffs, this canyon is filled with the colors of changing leaves and and the gentle sound of the water flowing along the trail. You cross the creek several times and the reflections of the ledges, leaves and clear blue skies are pure magic. Heaven on earth.
    https://picasaweb.google.com/RedRox87/WestFork?authkey=Gv1sRgCPXXqrrQ4PKJowE

  15. My favorite fall hike is the Potawatomi Trail in the Pinckney Recreation Area in Pinckney, Michigan. This hike has rolling hills, and follows many different lakes while being covered in the fall landscapes that God magnifically creates for us to enjoy. On this trail, you will find avid hikers, bikers and runners. The trail itself is 17 miles long. You are able to see a bunch of different wildlife such as deer, birds and sometimes even a snake! It is a stunning hike to enjoy fall, and a good workout too!

  16. Oh, would I love to hike ANY coastal trail with these fabulous shoes!!! Or go back to Blowing Rock and hike in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains!!
    Completely Coastal

  17. Favorite fall hike is Heather and Maple Pass off the North Cascades Hwy in WA State. Wide open alpine vistas, and everything is orange, red, purple and gold. There are even a few “plugged in” larches. Gorgeous!

  18. Lundy Canyon, California’s eastern sierra. Vivid yellows, oranges, reds and bright blue skies, beaver dams, waterfalls, words carved in trees from the early 1900′s. And the pit stop at “Pie in the Sky” for dessert!

  19. My favorite fall hiking spot is in the Sierra mountains between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, CA. A Midwesterner at heart, I crave an annual dose of fall, so I was thrilled to discover this oasis last year… so much so that I’m returning tomorrow morning! It’s a welcomed escape from the concrete and smog of Los Angeles and is now my annual tradition with my boyfriend (an East Coast native). My only problem is that I haven’t coughed up the money for some decent hiking boots, so if I win these Timberlands, they will certainly get some exercise!

    Many thanks, Jeanette! Happy fall to you!

  20. My favorite fall hike is Molybdenite Creek Canyon, California. We discovered this canyon on July 4, 2009. The wildflowers were amazing and we had the canyon all to ourselves all day! The number of aspens eluded to the fall color potential. When we returned in October the aspens were putting on a full color show with hues of yellows and oranges. The giant junipers add to the delight of this hike and the canyon is rarely over used. If you are in the area stop in and enjoy the show!

  21. My favorite hike in the fall would have to be at Weston Bend State Park. It sits atop the bluffs above the Missouri River check out my photos from my last hike. http://www.flickr.com/photos/hikingthetrail/sets/72157627633391043/

    I can’t wait for the leaves to really start changing for some spectacular photos.

    Adam

  22. White Oak Canyon – views and if you are lucky a frozen waterfall

  23. My favorite fall hike is right behind my office! I work next to Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve (link:http://www.dupageforest.com/preserve.aspx?id=4224) and the hike through the turning foliage of the hardwoods of northern Illinois set off by the string of waterfalls littered through the trails is breathtaking!

  24. My favorite hike in the fall is along my secret small stream up on the Mogollon Rim near Payson, Arizona. This hike always involves me toting along my fly rod and searching for those big brown trout. A close second would be the opening day of Gambel’s quail season here in Arizona. Usually it is right around the beginning of October and starts one of my favorite hunting seasons. Great hikes all fall long…

    Ben

  25. My favorite fall hike is Bishop Creek in Eastern Sierra, CA. It’s a beautiful hike that is not far away from home. I have always heard that there is no “real autumn” in Southern California until I have been to Bishop Creek. It changed my view of Southern California forever. There, you can walk under blazing yellow/orange aspen. As you walk along the creek, you can view the colorful cascades filled with yellow leaves. It’s just beautiful.

  26. My favorite Fall hike [that I've completed] is Old Rag Mountain in Virginia. There are plenty of amazing trails and mountains to conquer but being such a short distance from our nations Capital makes it a great getaway. It can be a difficult climb depending on the conditions and the rock scramble near the top always makes things interesting. It’s a great day for outdoor enthusiasts of any ability. I took some pictures are are currently on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.610958567762.2083559.79100265

    Oh and if I won a pair of boots, I’d ask for the women’s version so I could give them to my wife. I know she’d be super stoked to get them!

  27. My favorite fall hike was for 45 days starting in NC and going through the smokey mountains and up the applachian trail north. The scenery was fantastic and the hike was the best I have ever had at that time.

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  29. My favorite fall hike Gregory Bald in the Smokey Mountain National Park. You reach the trail head by driving through Cades Cove. In your mind’s eye, you have a picture of a beautiful, petite, protected valley. Cades Cove is like that. God knows what the first people thought when they saw it. It must have taken their breath away. Today, safe from development as part of the national park, its fields open up to early 19th century farm buildings and rural churches surrounded by the walnut and chestnut trees that settlers never tired of planting and that that white tailed deer and brown bear never tire of browsing.

    At the far end of the cove, the trail starts in green pines at around 3,000 feet. You start walking through dry pines. Then you walk through almost-tropical rhodendrum hedges with thick, green, waxy leaves. Then you reach the most amazing deciduous forest in the world. In the fall, red oaks, American beech, yellow birch, and tulip trees, to name a few, display a universe of leaves that are curling in the cold and igniting into outrageous, almost laughable colors like banana-yellow, watermelon-pink and eggplant purple. But this wild display falls against a backdrop of earthen-brown leaves and gray-blue granite rocks which reminds you that all the leaves are dying. The wild display that you witness in your fall walk will shortly be gone and winter will settle in with a vengance.

    Just short of the very top, there is a spring where the water trickles year-round from a pipe thrust into the rocks. And at the very top, after huffing and puffing, with your pulse still pounding, and your body coursing oxygenated high test and your mind wide-awake and you feeling proudly virtuous in a very silly way, you stroll out on the great grassy meadows which makes up the bald. The view in every direction extends over the mountains and forests to lakes and towns 30 miles away.

    Every year I get to the top and think of the lines of Jenny Bennett, the Smokey’s poet, novelist, blogger and off-trail hiker extraordinaire who once wrote of such a view gazing across “the vast unfolding forest pelt./Everything was bright and clean/as in an age of heroes.”

    I make this hike every fall. In fact, I am doing it next week.

  30. My favorite fall hike is at Starved Rock State Park. The history surrounding Starved Rock is interesting in that its the true story of one band of indians starving out another band of indians atop the rock. Today, you can climb the rock and enjoy the view of the Illinois RIver, as well as hike the canyons with their amazing sandstone walls and waterfalls. Starved Rock is one of the 7 wonders of Illinois and truly worth the trip if you’re ever in the area. It’s my favorite place to hike with my husband.

  31. I’d have to choose the Ramsay Cascades Hike in the Smoky Mountains. It’s a beautiful hike at any time of the year, but during the fall it’s just gorgeous. It’s also a rather challenging trek, which makes for a great feeling of accomplishment when you reach the end!

  32. My favorite fall hike is near Sunrise on Mt. Rainier, along the Glacier Basin and Sourdough Ridge trails. I love trekking up the rocky winding trails through the vibrant sub-alpine meadows to the distant network of glaciers beyond. A gentle climb to the ridge top of Sourdough Ridge offers breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, with Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mount Adams in the distance.

    The meadows of the basin which were previously a rainbow of wild flowers, are now glowing in shades of auburn, gold, and burnt orange. We keep a look-out for mountain goats on the surrounding slopes and mountain climbers ascending the Inter Glacier to Camp Schurman. We continue to a breathtaking view of the Emmons Glacier, the largest glacier in the lower 48 states.

    After we eat a hearty lunch, complemented with fresh huckleberries from the trail-side, we begin our descent back to the car as the thick rolling fog billows in through the valleys.

  33. I really love going up to new hampshire every year with my family for a week in the winter. Its beautiful and the cold is always a nice gettaway

  34. My favorite fall hike is around Cades Cove Loop on a beautiful fall morning. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings you can hike with no presence of motorized vehicles! My Pop and I like to take our cameras and capture the wild animals faces at the first drop of morning light. It is a huge thrill to hike up there and come across a buck, a bear, a bird, or even a butterfly! When it’s time to get away, there is no place like the Smoky Mountains.

  35. Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park would be my #1 choice for a fall hike. The leaves are an unbelievable site. But to be more specific the best place in the Smokies is in the South Eastern corner at a small area called Cataloochee.

    There are Elk (picture) in the area that literally come right past your car. The sites and sounds of those animals are worth the trip alone.

    There’s also quite a bit of history in Cataloochee. Old houses and church buildings are still kept up by the park service.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/116960444343137129534/CataloocheeSep30Oct32010

  36. My favorite Fall hike is in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Porcupine Mountains …and the gorgeous views a over looking the “Lake in The Clouds” Here is a photo we have from last year that was taken at one of the amazing over looks from atop The Porcupine Mountains: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ciesla504/6188837101/in/photostream Can’t wait to get back up there! It’s peak Color Touring Season right now! @ciesla504 (Email: ciesla504 at gmail dot com)

  37. My favorite fall hike would be on our family farm. With the rustling of the leaves on the ground and in the trees, any walk stirs the senses. Cool in the shadows and warm when you emerge into the sun from wind breaks, each hike seems to be different, especially if we are chasing cattle.

  38. I love fall because it means cooler weather! It makes a great day for a hike or just a relaxing walk! My favorite place is called Mount Bonnell. Its the only “mountain” Austin, TX has. There are about 580 steps to the top of the overlook but the view is amazing. There are alot of trails that will take you to the cliffs above Lake Travis. Enjoy the views because soon it will be time to hike back down those steps! LOL

  39. I don’t have a favorite fall hike yet. I am relatively new to the hiking thing. I enjoy beach walking inthe summer and have opened my options to enjoying the crisp fall air somewhere other than in the sand with the saltwater beating against my face. I am looking forward to the new world in front of me :)

  40. Canadian followers want to say thanks for once again not including us in the party!

  41. Grandfather Mountain is located in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and is one of the most beautiful fall hikes for hikers of all walks of life. You can choose to hike less than two miles in to the peak over a gorgeous suspension bridge that gives you super views of the fall foliage in the Pisgah National Forest or you can choose to hike in from the backside and conquer a two additional peaks on your way to the top of Grandfather for a more rugged hike. The mountain tops are beautiful, the views are stunning, and the 360 degree view from the peaks are well worth the hike to the top. It’s a hike I’ve done numerous times and one that I will be doing again in the next few weeks! Check out some great photos for yourself!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/markvandyke/1673151850/in/photostream/

  42. My favorite hike for the fall has to be independence lake in Washington. A group of friends hiked in late one night determined to make camp. After a couple wrong turns, what sounded like a very annoyed bear and a creek crossing in utter darkness we managed to find our way to a camp location. What greeted us the next morning was a beautifully clear and pristine lake.

    After a hot cup of joe, we headed off to a ridge to get a better view. We picked wild berries, had lunch and on th e way home startled a bear. Despite that surprise, we never saw the bear again or anyone else during the whole weekend trip.

    On our way out we got to relax on the downhill and enjoy all the fall colors on the surrounding hills. It was definitely the right time of year to do the hike.

  43. We love going upstate NY to the Gunks and hiking the trails. It has such a glorious view and is so beautiful and serene. There are so many paths to choose and the rock climbing is amazing too!

  44. My favorite Fall hike is through the Garden Of The Gods in Southern Illinois. This area is very unusual with amazing rock formations and the Fall foilage is just amazing. The key is hitting it right at the peak or the colors. The River To River Trail runs through the area and they do have camping available. There is one rock formation that looks like a camel. Look down from the heights you view the trail and the natural area. I remember walk alone and coming up on 2 deer in a canyon. They ran and 10 minutes later I came up on the same deer because of the canyon, they had not place to go. It about a 3 hr drive and is located along the Ohio river.

  45. My favorite fall hike is the Blair Creek hike on the Ozark Trail system in south east Misouri. The trail winds through much highland oak forests and dips through many smallish waterways where trees of various kinds and colors abound. The trail even stops by Johnson Shutins as a lovely places to enjoy a meal or even hike.

  46. My favorite Autumn hike is on Casper Mountain, Casper, WY on the Pitchpin Canyon Trail. It’s a gorgeous Fall hike because of the aspen trees glorious color & sweeping views of Muddy Mountain & the Deer Creek Range.

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