It’s time to take out your winter hiking boots and get ready for some epic winter hiking. It’s the best time of the year to see your favorite trails transformed into a winter wonderland.
Make sure you pack enough clothing as the wind and snow can really make you chilly. Here are a few items to remember to bring before you head out to the trails:
- Travel Gear – Quality snowshoes, first-aid kits, water bottles, headlamps, waterproof matches, soda stove, trekking poles or ski poles.
- Food – Power bars, jerky, water and a hearty home-made meal to go.
- Clothing – Outer wear Jacket, Fleece, Wool socks, Fleece pants
- Head-to-toe Clothing – Sunglasses, hat, winter hiking boots
Once you’re all geared up, it’s time to hit these winter hikes below!
1. Be Transformed When You See Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington
Photo Credits: Meleah Reardon Photography
Trail Notes: Seeing Mount Rainier in the winter is absolutely amazing. The snow covered hiking trails lead to many beautiful scenery including cascading waterfalls, meandering streams, sub-alpine meadows, crystalline high mountain lakes and snow capped peaks.
Find the best trails at Mt. Rainier National Park here.
2. See The Stunning Canyons In A Fresh Way At Zion National Park, Utah
Photo Credits: Andrew Penner / E+
Trail Notes: Zion National Park is a magical place in the winter time. It’s located in low elevation where temperatures are relatively mild. The snow gently dusts the canyon floor and is quite enjoyable to hike without much winter equipment needed.
Find the best trails at Zion National Park here.
3. Indulge In The Winter Color Mix of Snow and Mountains at Bryce Canyon, Utah
Photo Credits: James Hager / Robert Harding World Imagery
Trail Notes: The bright orange rock formations are even more beautiful with snow. This is truly a gem which not many visitors see or know about. It’s easily overlooked and it’s a great time to visit the park. There are lighter crowds, off-season rates, and definitely a great weekend getaway.
Find the best trails at Bryce Canyon here.
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