Gear Kits

Trail to Tavern Gear for Fall Hiking

Layer up, hit the trail, then head straight to town to relax and refuel.

Curated by Chris Engelsman

The fall is one of our favorite times to get out on the trails, whether it’s a short jaunt or an all-day adventure. The temps are cooler and can drastically change throughout the day, so you’ll want to plan for a couple layers. Having a small daypack makes it super easy to bring a rain jacket, flannel or sweater if need be. Last weekend, my wife Kate and I hiked one of our favorite trails - Iron Mountain. Afterwards, we headed straight to one of our local go-to's for post-hike fuel, Silver Star Cafe, for a dinner and drinks on the patio. Check out some of our favorite pieces of gear we brought along for the day, then make your plans to get out there and enjoy the gorgeous fall colors yourself! 

This is a nice mid-weight flannel made from a blend of recycled cotton and recycled polyester (made from used PET bottles!), so it’s soft, dries quickly, and I don’t have to iron it! Having long arms makes it tough to find shirts that are long enough, but this one fits nicely.

Unlike other organic cotton t’s, this one retains its shape after multiple washes. It's a blend of half organic cotton, half recycled polyester, and it's made in the USA!

These pants have the feel of cotton but have a stretch and quick dry performance of a poly fabric. The stretch of the fabric allows the pant to move well when you are hopping from boulder-to-boulder and with the option of multiple inseam lengths, they fit a wide range of shapes and sizes.

Altra shoes have a wide, natural toebox, which means my toes are not squished and allows them to have their natural position. The lugged outsole is great for traction on steep or slippery surfaces, and the zero drop sole provides a natural stride.

Very cozy flannel, excellent fit that isn’t too tight and allows for layering if needed. The fabric is 100% organic cotton and uses an indigo dye which gets better with age!

First, it’s really cute for the post-tavern portion! The perfect poncho for a fall hike as the wool isn’t too heavy and the open sides kept me from getting too hot. The hood is nice in case there’s a few raindrops (or snowflakes).

My new go-to pant. They're super stretchy with a good slim cut. The rise is perfect, not too high but enough so you can sit or climb rocks without worrying about your backside showing. The material is lighter-weight and made with organic cotton. They run long which is also great for me but might be long for shorter gals.

Polarized lens + perfect fitting frame = my favorite sunglasses! Also, aviators usually catch my hair if I put the glasses on top of my head, but these have a metal & rubber nose bridge that helps them slide off easily with no hair tangling.

The Arete is roomy - you can fit a lot in this small-looking pack. I also like the 2 different side pockets with 1 zipper and 1 mesh. It also accommodates hydration sleeves if you prefer that option.

This skinnier tall version works so much better to fit in beverage holders, and it keeps my drink cold or hot all day thanks to the vacuum insulated stainless steel with copper lining. I love the cap, it’s solid and doesn’t take forever to unscrew.

These are perfect day-hiking mids, especially in the fall and spring when the temps are cooler and you might encounter some muddy conditions. Plus, they’re easy lacing and comfortable from the very first day.