The autumn months are arguably the best for serious rock climbers. While summer definitely sees its fair share of climbers tackling some world-famous locations like Yosemite Valley, fall brings with it cooler temperatures, dryer weather and in many cases, scenery that’s absolutely to die for. The winter months will bring the opportunity for some awesome ice climbing, but until the snow starts to fall, check out this list of the best climbing destinations for the fall months.
Visually, the Adirondacks in upstate New York is just about as picturesque as you can get. You won’t find many crowds on the rock this time of year and the surrounding trees will be changing colors, offering a gorgeous view as you tackle any number of routes, from massive climbs requiring multiple pitches and all day to tackle, to single pitch routes in a variety of difficulties.
Red River Gorge
You won’t find any shortage of routes at what is arguably the most popular climbing destination in the Southeast. Pre-bolted sport routes for climbers of every experience level will keep you busy for as long as you want to stay in the area. What makes this Kentucky destination unique is the sense of community you’ll find in the area. From amazing pizza to awesome campsites, staying in the Red River Gorge this fall will certainly create some lasting memories!
The Devil’s Tower in Wyoming is one of the most popular climbs in North America. The iconic tower serves as a mecca for crack climbers, and while it’s plenty popular in the summer months, fall is a great time to tackle any of the hundreds of possible routes that line the perimeter of the mountain.
Smith Rock is a must-visit for any serious climber. It’s not only where sport climbing got its start, but it’s also home to North America’s first ever 5.14 route. The gorges offer plenty of routes to keep you busy for many fall seasons to come.
Another of the must-visit sites for crack climbers, the sandstone cracks of Indian Creek attract a lot of climbers in the fall months. You’ll find plenty of climbs in the 5.9 range and higher, and you’re going to need some serious trad gear so pack accordingly.