The most dedicated hikers trek through the snow and icy temperatures of winter, tackling terrain with all the gusto of a summer hike, but for many other hikers winter trails just don’t have the same appeal. Whichever group you belong to, spring brings a universal attraction, especially when it comes to hiking. There’s a lot to love about the season, we’ve come up with our top five.
As the snow begins to melt tons of water makes its way into rivers and over falls. The sight is magnificent and, though peak time is different depending on your area, the best time to catch waterfalls at their mightiest is usually in May or June. If you want to see some of the best falls the country has to offer head to Yosemite National Park, which is home to several waterfalls and some amazing hikes. Don’t miss the Upper Yosemite Falls hike, a must-hike trail for spring.
One of the major highlights of spring for any outdoor enthusiast is watching the brilliantly colored flowers come to life. While you can see budding flowers in many parts of the country, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to some of the most magnificent displays each year and there is some great trails in the park as well.
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Winter is usually too cold for comfort and in many places across the U.S. summer is just too hot. Spring gives hikers a chance to get outside in comfortable weather—you won’t be freezing, and you won’t be dripping sweat either.
Exploring New Places
Maybe you’ve avoided taking on Angel’s Landing because you know it can be a total scorcher in the summer. If that’s the case, just tackle that trail in the spring. There are hikes throughout the U.S. that are either uncomfortable or nearly impossible in the summer and winter, so going in the spring might be the perfect solution.
Avoiding the Crowds of Summer
We hike to get away from it all and enjoy nature—that’s pretty hard to do on a summer weekend when your favorite trail may or may not be packed with other people. Get out early this spring and enjoy some alone time (or almost alone time) with nature.