Winter’s here, but that doesn’t mean you have to hang up your hiking boots. Grab some warm clothing and try one of these amazing hikes where you’ll enjoy breathtaking scenery and likely have the trail all to yourself.
Whether hiking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, hitting the trail during the winter is as rewarding as any other time of year.
If you’re one of those hikers or backpackers who puts away your outdoor gear for the winter, you really are missing out on one of the most rewarding seasons of the entire year. Hiking during the colder months can be an amazing experience, as a fresh layer of snow can give even the most familiar landscapes a complete makeover. And as if that isn’t enough, you’re also more likely to have the trail completely to yourself, bringing a sense of peace and solitude to your hike that is difficult to find during the summer.
Of course, winter can bring its own set of challenges. Cold temperatures require not only a good sense of adventure, but plenty of warm clothing to keep you comfortable. On top of that, when you add in a bit of wind and snow, a hike that is typically an easy walk in the woods can become something else entirely.
That said, there is nothing like exploring the backcountry in the winter to remind us why we love the outdoors. So, if you’re looking for a great winter hike to add to your bucket list this year, throw on some warm layers, lace up your boots, pull out your snowshoes, and head for the trail. These are our picks for five great routes that you should hike this winter.