Wondering why winter is a great time to go on a hike? The scenery and wildlife are incredible!
Don’t fall into that winter rut, you know… that lazy feeling where you’re like” blah it’s too cold, I don’t want to do anything.” Going on a hike is the perfect way to uplift your spirits.
Or, enjoy the beauty of the winter; beat the traffic jams and all of the tourists. Hike at your own pace, in peace, without the commotion of others.
Not sure where to hike? I have got you covered. Below are some of the Most Spectacular Winter Hikes!
Mount Ellinor Trail
Location: Washington, Olympic National Forest
The Mount Ellinor Trail is one of the most popular summer hikes. However, it is often overlooked as one of the most amazing winter hikes! When beginning your hike you have the option to take the upper or lower trailheads which both merge together at 3,900 feet. By this point I hope you have your camera! Here is where you will view the many panoramic viewpoints! Some of which include, views of, Mount Washington, Mount Rainier, Mt St Helens, Mount Adams and Mount Olympus.
South Rim Loop
Location: Texas, Big Bend National Park
The South Rim Loop is a bit more challenging. This trail is about 12-14.5 miles round trip. You can choose to backpack or take a day hike. Along with the South Rim Loop, Big Bend National Park offers you the opportunity to admire hundreds of bird species and the large amount of 500 million year old rocks. So, if you’re into geology, you don’t want to pass up the South Rim Loop in the Big Bend National park!
Location: Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park
Fairyland Point is where you will begin your hike on the Fairyland Loop Trail. Bring your camera to capture the amazing views. Pass through gardens of spires and sculptures and hike along the rim of the canyon. Hike takes about 3 ½ hours to complete. *Bonus: Bryce Canyon National Park gets plenty of snow and is a very popular cross-country ski area.
Harding Icefield Trail
Location: Alaska, Kenai Fjords National Park
The Harding Icefield Trail is a beautiful day hike. This is an extremely difficult trail, taking about 8-6 hours to complete. According to the National Park Service, “Be prepared to see incredible views of the Icefield. Bonus: There is a Large black bear population in the winter, enjoy the excitement, but also take precaution!