Amazing Hiking Destinations in the U.S. for Spring

By , March 23, 2016 7:34 am

With warmer temperatures and flowers blooming all around, this is the perfect time to get outside and active with a spring hike!

Going hiking, whether for a short day trip or a multi-month backpacking trip, is one of the best ways to get in touch with nature and get your body moving at the same time. Some hiking destinations are perfect for spring, and here are some of our all-time favorite trails in the U.S.

Upper Yosemite Falls, California

It’s no secret that Yosemite is one of the most amazing places to hike on the planet, and the Upper Yosemite Falls trail is at its peak in spring. On this trail, you’ll be rewarded for challenging terrain with panoramic views and get the opportunity to look down on the falls once you reach the top.

Photo credit: Phil King via Flickr

Photo credit: Phil King via Flickr

Cascade Mountain, Upstate New York

New Yorkers sometimes need to escape the crowded city life and put their boots on some rocks and dirt. In the spring, one of the best places to do this is Cascade Mountain, which is in the Adirondacks in Upstate New York. This is a family-friendly hike that is about 4.8 miles round trip and takes a couple hours to complete. Just remember to look around while you’re hiking for scenic views of the Algonquin, Colden, and Marcy Mountains.

Eagle Creek, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

Deep in the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia River Gorge is known for its towering waterfalls and lush forests. You can get a taste of the epic Pacific Crest Trail when you take a hike along the Eagle Creek Trail, which is an alternative PCT route and passes by several lovely waterfalls. This is an out-and-back trail that has plenty of shade and lots of places to stop and enjoy a picnic.

Amicalola Falls State Park, North Georgia

Most people don’t think of Georgia when they’re looking for a memorable hike, but the North Georgia mountains are a truly stunning place to hit the trails. One of the best areas is Amicalola Falls National Park which is in the Chattahoochee National Forest and home to the tallest waterfall in the state. The route to the top of the waterfall involves a large set of stairs to climb. Or for an extra challenge, do the 10-mile Hike Inn Trail, and there is a rustic inn you can treat yourself to once you’re done. The trillium, dwarf iris, and other wildflowers are beautiful here in the springtime.

Photo credit: Alyssa L. Ochs

Photo credit: Alyssa L. Ochs

Angels Landing Trail, Zion National Park, Utah

The Utah desert gets incredibly hot during the summer months, so spring is a perfect time to hike Angels Landing in Zion National Park. This is a hike that requires you to be okay with heights because the end of the trail leads up a moderately steep rock face and a pinnacle that overlooks the park. It really is one of the most remarkable views of Zion. Round trip, the hike is about five miles and ascends 1,488 feet.

Regardless how far you are willing to travel for an epic hike, there’s sure to be plenty to do at your destination once you arrive. Keep the adventure going with active experiences from FunSherpa, or rest those tired muscles with one of our spa and wellness gifts. Happy trails!

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