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More Great Fall Hikes: It's Perfect Walking Weather All over the West. Try These Treks That Let You Pamper Yourself at Day's End

Magazine article Sunset

More Great Fall Hikes: It's Perfect Walking Weather All over the West. Try These Treks That Let You Pamper Yourself at Day's End

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ARIZONA

SCOTTSDALE

Marcus Landslide Trail, McDowell Sonoran Preserve HIKE The easy 4-mile round-trip takes you across the remnants of a 500,000-year-old rockslide at the McDowell Mountains' base. Interpretive signs explain the geology, and sculptural granite boulders provide plenty of photo ops. mcdowell sonoran.org.

REWARD Book the 80-minute hiker's massage at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale's spa. The luxe leg-centric splurge also gives you license to loll around the pools and indulge in the sauna and steam room. $225; fourseasons.com/ scottsdale.

TUCSON

Romero Canyon Trail, Catalina State Park HIKE The moderate to challenging 6.6-mile (one way) trail winds up the Santa Catalina Mountains, but most hike just the first 2.8 miles to Romero Pools, an oasis of swimming holes in canyon streams. Catch city views below and possible glimpses of bighorn sheep, reintroduced to the area last year. $7/ vehicle; azst ate parks.com.

REWARD Opt for an any-day breakfast of mesquite pancakes or Sunday brunch with huevos rancheros and prickly pear mimosas at Tohono Chul Garden Bistro, in a botanical garden and cultural park. $$; tohonochul park.org.

CALIFORNIA

CALISTOGA

Redwood & Coyote Peak Loop, Bothe-Napa Valley State Park HIKE For stunning Napa Valley views, follow this moderate trail along Ritchey Creek through coastal redwoods to the forested summit of Coyote Peak, then loop back via the South Fork Trail, a total of 4.5 miles. $8/vehi-cle; napavalleyst ate parks.org.

REWARD Calistoga is the capital of mud baths; you and your hiking companion can go for a "Mudslide" treatment at elegant Solage Cal-istoga. From $180/ couple; so/age calistoga.com.

STINSON BEACH Steep Ravine and Matt Davis Loop, Mt. Tamalpais State Park

HIKE A classic Mt. Tam hike, this 7.3-mile challenge delivers golden grasslands, dense redwoods, and coastal views. From Stinson Beach, hike 1.3 miles on the Dip-sea Trail to connect to Steep Ravine Trail, which makes a redwood-shaded ascent along Webb Creek. At PantoII Ranger Station, pick up Matt Davis Trail, which curves a long, graceful arc back to Stinson. parks. ca.gov.

REWARD Fish tacos or oysters on the patio at Parkside Cafe. $$; parkside cafe.com.

COLORADO

PALISADE

Coal Canyon Trail, Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range HIKE Just east of Grand Junction, bands of wild horses roam the flanks of Mt. …

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