90 Second Escape: Hiking into Fall (at Falls Lake)

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: Hiking into Fall (at Falls Lake)

The calendar may say it’s still summer, but the hiking on Saturday was very fall-like. Early on it was in the low 60s, by noon it was still crisp, clear and cool. Later, it would make it up to 80, but barely.

A perfect day to spend on the trail. Thirteen of my fellow Ultimate Hikers and I did nearly that, spending a little over five hours knocking off a 15.5-mile stretch of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. We began at Red Mill Road in Durham and hiked downstream to near Little Lick Creek. Mellow hiking, for the most part, in, out, and over coves,through pine and hardwood forests; through a wetland or two. And all along the way, a hint of fall.

Tag along for a 90-second preview of fall on the trail, in the Piedmont.

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