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October 05, 2022

Fall has arrived and before trees start to lose their leaves, head out on the dreamiest hikes to take in incredible views across the country.

Midland Radio has put together a list of five hikes you should check out this fall.

1. Mount Mansfield, Vermont

Even the journey to Mount Mansfield is something to be seen- streams, covered bridges, and country roads sure to bring a romantic drive.

If you head up Sunset Ridge Trail to the summit, you'll find yourself above the tree-line ensuring stunning views of the landscape beneath you. Experts recommend looking to the west towards the colors provided by Lake Champlain once you reach the top.

the Sunset Ridge Trail is about three miles in distance and s exposed throughout most of the way so you'll want to pay close attention to the weather before you head out.

This trail takes you straight to the peak on a hike that takes an average of three to five hours to complete.

 

2. Whiteside Mountain, North Carolina

Head to the Highlands of the Tar Heel State for the hike that is just under two miles in length. However, it's not necessarily an easy hike as AllTrails said it's generally considered to be a moderately challenging route.

Throughout the hike along Whiteside Mountain, you'll get the chance to take in views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the falls colors that transform the mountainside.

If you take on the hike on a clear day, you'll be treated to sights of South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. However, if you're a fan of "Spooky Season," head out on a cloudier day for what hikers say is a mountain fog.

 
 

3. Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Head to the Midwest to travel along this stretch that follows the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron.

This day trip has no shortage of sights including a winding river, forests, rolling hills, and farmlands.

The two-mile loop brings sunset views that are known for its beautiful photo opportunities. 

However, there are several different trails throughout the park that range in difficulty level. 

 

4. White River National Forest, Colorado

Aspen isn't just home to the ski slopes, but also it's hiking through the Maroon Bells that overlook the White River National Forest. 

Conde Nast Traveler said the White River National Forest is full of hikes for every kind of nature enthusiast. To take in those spectacular fall foliage, the publication recommends the Crater Lake Trailin which you'll get to observe high vistas, wildflowers, and plentiful yellow aspens. It's these views that put this trail on our list.

The three and a half mile trail is an out-and-back trail that experts consider to be moderately challenging. You can expect to complete this trail in about two hours or less.

 

5. Aspen Vista Trail, New Mexico

This steep trek through the Sangre de Cristo mountains will bring you through the ponderosa and golden aspen trees.

From point to point this trail is about six miles beginning at the Vista overlook and ending at the top of the ski area. Although, by the time you head back down, you'll have trekked 11.5 miles, but those who have made the hike said the views are well-worth the travel. 

Along the way you might get a chance to spot elk, deer, mountain lions, and different bird species in the wild.

 

GEAR FOR YOUR HIKE

Whether your hike is rather simple or a more difficult endeavor, preparation ahead of time is key. 

Many hikes will lead to locations that have little to no cell service so you want to ensure you're able to reach others or receive important emergency information. Or, maybe you've traveled to an RV park with your whole family and some people plan to stay back while others want to venture out on a hike.

Midland Radio has you covered with the necessary handheld two-way radio walkie talkies and emergency radios.

X-Talker T51X3VP3 Walkie Talkie Three Pack

Grab these walkie talkies and hit the trails.

Midland's T51 walkie talkie three pack are perfect if you're in a group that's splitting up to take the hike at different speeds, leave one back at the campsite, etc. 

Don't worry about sketchy cellphone service, when the T51 walkie talkies bring you clear and reliable communication. Not to mention, the walkie talkies are equipped with Midland's legendary Weather Alert technology to keep you alert to any inclement weather headed your way. 

With a desktop charger and rechargeable batteries, you have everything you need to take these walkie talkies out of the box and head out on your adventure.

 

ER40 Emergency Crank Radio

Midland Radio's new emergency radio allows hikers to take preparedness and safety into their own hands.

With NOAA Weather Radio, hikers and adventurers alike can take a breath knowing they'll receive weather and emergency alerts as soon as the National Weather Service and local officials issue them. When you're in remote areas, you very well might not receive these alerts over your cellphone so it's crucial you're able to get them in case of severe weather or other emergencies.

The ER40 also has a flashlight and SOS strobe. The flashlight will help you navigate any low lit areas whether you find yourself hitting the trails ahead of sunrise or if you're walking around the campsite at night. The SOS strobe will assist you in alerting emergency officials in case you need them.

With multiple sustainable power sources including solar, lithium rechargeable battery, and a hank crank, losing power on the emergency radio shouldn't be concern as you take on the great outdoors. 

Other features that you might find useful are AM/FM radio, USB charging cable, and wrist lanyard. 

Don't take a chance when it comes to your safety and prepare ahead of time by packing your emergency crank radio before you take to the trails. 


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