Happy-trails mix

Take along these tasty blends
CHARITY FERREIRA
Cooler temperatures and fewer crowds make fall the perfect time to head outdoors for a hike. And whether trail snacks are a means to an end or your excursion's raison d'être, nothing puts a spring in your step like a handful of something crunchy, salty, and sweet. Tuck one of our favorite trail mixes into your backpack before hitting the path. Combine the ingredients in equal parts ― or experiment with your own proportions.

Crunchy Monkey: Peanuts, banana chips, chopped dates, and butterscotch chips.

Morning Buzz: Frosted shredded miniwheat cereal, dried blueberries, almonds, and chocolate-covered espresso beans.

Tutti Frutti: Cashews, golden raisins, chopped dried pineapple, chopped dried papaya, and flaked coconut.

Cherry-Chocolate Chip: Granola, dried cherries, chocolate chips, and almonds.