11 Amazing Spring Hikes

Staff Writer
Hit the trail on these classic national park hikes

For many hikers, early spring—when daylight outpaces nighttime and the snowpack starts to melt—calls to mind swarms of merciless biting insects and ankle-deep mud wallows. But spring has plenty more going for it. Wildflowers explode across the mountains and deserts in bright rainbow colors; wildlife becomes more active, waking from hibernation or returning from far-away migrations; and your fellow outdoorsmen—mountain bikers, horseback riders and the like—haven't yet hit the trails, leaving you alone to enjoy the solitude of deep wilderness.