As things finally start warming up and the nice weather invites us to venture outside, discover new paths and locations for your next hiking trip.
Some of the best spring hiking places to travel to in the US range from beautiful Hawaii to the Appalachian Trail. Each of these locations offers new scenery and is sure to leave you feeling fulfilled!
Here are four of the best places to travel for spring hiking in the United States:
Bear Peak in Boulder, Colorado
Boulder, Colorado, has many hidden gems to intrigue hikers—you’ll have thick forest and rivers all around you while you make your way through the mountains. Come spring, you can begin your journey without the need to worry about troublesome winter snowfall on the hiking trails.
The adventurous Bear Peak Trail takes the average hiker around four and a half hours for a round trip. It may not be the best path for beginner hikers, as the route is strenuous, but the summit’s once-in-a-lifetime views are worth it!
Upper Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California
Have you always wanted to see one of the few supervolcanoes in the world? Consider visiting Yosemite National Park and hiking along the upper Yosemite Falls. This challenging trail comes with incredible views of Yosemite Falls that will make for some truly breathtaking photos.
With an estimated hiking time of 6–10 hours and an elevation of 6,526 feet at the top of the Falls, this may be a hike to break up over two days—turn it into a camping trip! Why is such a difficult path so beloved among hikers? It’s the only place you get to view all of Yosemite Valley, including the falls, up-close and in-person. You’ll be able to feel the water mist on your face as you move along the trail.
The Appalachian Trail, Poconos Mountains
If you’re looking for a hiking spot with history and beauty, then search no further than the various paths along the Poconos Mountains! The Appalachian Trail could be the path for you. Running along the mountain range’s southern border is a hiking path with something for everyone, ranging from wildlife to a gorgeous view of the waterfall.
Much of the path is challenging to navigate for those new to hiking, but an experienced hiker may love hearing that some of the terrains compare to Mt. Everest! Despite this, the experts say a beginner could scale the trail as long as they have the proper equipment and follow expert recommendations.
Waihee Ridge Trail in Maui, Hawaii
The wonderful thing about Hawaii is that, while it’s beautiful year-round, it’s one of the best places to travel for spring hiking. If you’re visiting the west side of the island, go for a 5-mile hike along this trail; you’ll see a luscious expanse of rainforest harboring exotic fruits and beautiful birds! Expert hikers recommend two things when traversing this trail—start early in the day and persevere.
While the path is hard to maneuver at times, those who make it to the end get the payoff of seeing one of the most sought-after sites in Maui—the Makamakaole Falls—after just a mile of hiking! It’s never too early in the day to pack your back and start hiking!