Hike More This Winter ❄
We’ve got a list of seven places to go hiking this winter so you can kickstart 2020 with an amazing adventure!
Idyllwild, CA, is perfect for hiking enthusiasts. Set in the stunning San Jacinto Mountains the town is surrounded by incredible hiking and walking trails. Whether you enjoy shorter hiking trails or you’re a hiking veteran and like to push yourself, Idyllwild hiking trails offer something for everyone. With trails such as Fuller Ridge Trail offering a 5-mile hike, or more challenging trails like Cactus Spring Trail leading through 15 miles of the Santa Rosa Wilderness, hiking in California doesn’t get better!
Crater Lake National Park, OR
Few places can boast the awe-inspiring beauty of Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. Hiking trails here will lead you to the caldera of Mount Mazama, a partially destroyed volcano that now features the epic Crater Lake. It’s deep blue color and water clarity are sure to impress.
Gila National Forest, NM
Covering over three million acres, the Gila National Forest is one of the best places to go hiking in New Mexico. Featuring the world’s first designated wilderness area, Gila Wilderness, as well as Aldo Leopold Wilderness and the Blue Range Wilderness, this is a great opportunity to enjoy some of the best winter hikes, with trails taking you through dramatic landscapes, along creeks and woods, perfect for a winter hiking trip.
Great Smoky Mountains: Pigeon Forge, TN
The Great Smoky Mountains, you have numerous opportunities to try out some great outdoor activities, including hiking near Pigeon Forge. Get out your hiking gear and explore some of the best hiking trails in Tennessee that are only made more beautiful by the snow. The city’s other attractions include country music revues like the Smoky Mountain Opry, dinner theaters such as Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede and outlet malls.
Glacier National Park, MT
In Glacier National Park, hikes will take you up mountains, to some stunning lakes, and you’ll encounter some stunning forests. With so many amazing trails to explore, such as Highline Trail, Grinnell Glacier, Hidden Lake Overlook, and much, much more, it’s hard to say where the best places to hike in Glacier National Park are. Wherever you decided to hike, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to epic views and incomparable landscapes.
Bryce Canyon National Park, UT
When you go hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, you won’t be disappointed. Even with the snow to contend with, this is without a doubt one of the best places to enjoy a hiking vacation. At the visitor center, you can sign up for a guided snowshoe hike, one of the things to do in Bryce Canyon National Park during the snowy season.
Emerald Lake, Estes Park, CO
With more than 300 miles of trails and some of the best-known scenery in the state, Rocky Mountain National Park is a well-loved hiking destination for locals and visitors alike. If you are searching for a first-time hike or are visiting the park for a single day, look no further than the hike to Emerald Lake. This spectacular out-and-back starts from Bear Lake before climbing to Dream Lake and Emerald Lake, two of the jewels of Rocky Mountain National Park.
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