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Our 4 Favorite Fall Trail Runs

Sep. 14th 2015

Like it or not, the leaves are changing, the temps are dropping, and summer is slipping away. That’s not all bad though because though we lose the warmth of summer we gain the jaw-dropping beauty of fall. From golden aspens to waves of orange and red tundra grass, there’s a lot to love about this season, especially if you’re a trail runner. We asked four of our trail athletes about their favorite spots to stretch their legs as the season changes. Time to lace up those sneakers and hit the trail.

Fall Trail Running

Aspen Groves on McClure Pass, Colorado.

Sunnyside Trail
Aspen, Colorado

The Sunnyside Trail in Aspen is one of my favorite fall trail runs. The long traverse through the aspen trees when the leaves are changing is incredible. You have huge views over the entire Roaring Fork Valley and the Elk Mountain 14ers. The run starts and ends right in town, but it’s rare to see anyone else after the first two miles.  -Max Taam

Huntsman Ridge
McClure Pass, Colorado

My favorite trail run in the fall is the Huntsman Ridge run up to Huntsman Mountain. It’s rides the ridge up to the peak at 11,786 ft. The first half of the run takes place in one of the largest aspen groves you can image. On a bluebird day the yellow pops like mad. Once you get through a pine forest and hit tree line, you get multiple view points of glowing aspen groves and the backside of the Elk Mountain range extending from Mount Sopris. No one goes up there, so you have the whole show to yourself. -Jeremy Duncan

Jones Pass-Berthoud Pass Shuttle Run
Empire, Colorado

Park a car at the top of Berthoud Pass, then start down near the Henderson Mine on Jones Pass. After a dirt road warm up, this run connects a single-track trail through the Vasquez Peak Wilderness to the Continental Divide Trail ending in the Current Creek drainage on Berthoud pass with 2,700 feet of climbing over almost eight miles. From pine forests to high-alpine ridge running with views of the Gore Range this run offers it all and is within easy striking distance of the cities of the Front Range. -Mark Morris

Fall Trail Running

Entering Vasquez Wilderness

Mt. Raymond to Gobbler’s Knob
Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah

My favorite fall trail is Butler Fork to the summit of Mt Raymond and then on Gobbler’s Knob. It ends up being about 12 miles with 4000′ vertical and passes through one of the bigger aspen groves in the Wasatch. There great thing about the run is that it combines mellow running with a little scrambling while tagging two classic Wasatch summits. -Jason Dorais

Fall Trail Running

Changing colors in Utah’s Wasatch Range.

Now get out and go enjoy the change of seasons. And if you need a fresh pair of shoes, we’ve got you covered here.

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