Best Winter Hiking in the US by Region

If you’re looking for US hiking ideas to enjoy the outdoors, don’t overlook the winter months. Here’s a list of places where you’ll find the best winter hiking in the US that include easy, moderate, or strenuous hikes in the US National Parks, State Parks and Forest Service land.

When it comes to winter hiking, the United States offers an impressive array of trails that transform into a winter wonderland. We’ve asked our hiking friends to share their favorite winter hikes around the US!

30+ US Winter Hiking Ideas

Some of the best hiking trails in the US are even better during the winter when you can escape the crowds, heat and bugs in the southern regions.

If you’ll be hiking in the northern regions of the US, be prepared with winter clothing and hiking gear. You’ll want footwear, clothing, and traction devices that can be used for a wide range of winter conditions. Consider the temperature, wind speed, sun, precipitation type, and surface condition for the trail you’ll hike.

Grab the free printable Winter Hiking Gear Checklist by clicking the graphic below!

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Winter Hiking Gear

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Winter Hiking Trails in the US by Region

Check out the packing lists, tips, resources, and trails you can explore when hiking in the winter. This list of US winter hikes is organized by region.

Thank you to our fellow hiking friends for sharing this list of fun winter hiking ideas in the US!

Winter Hikes in the US Western States

Winter Hiking in the US Mountain States

Winter Hiking Trails in the US Midwest States

Winter Hikes in the US Southern States

Winter Hiking in the US Northeast States

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Best Hiking Trails in the US

Check out this list of the Best Hiking Trails in the US. This free printable lists 5 amazing hikes per state! Click the graphic below to get your copy!

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  1. What a great list of hikes!!! I have been on two from your list:
    (1) Death Valley – when I was in Air Explorer Post 747, when I was 16 or 17. We flew in and drove to Stove Pipe Wells campground. I had to sit out a few things (I did go into the big cave, and on the sand dunes at night) as I had strep throat (too exhausted). Got treated by our leader, who coincidentally was a doctor. He flew back to Cameron Park, CA, to get penicillin for me!
    (2) Kilauea Iki and Halemaumau Crater (age 21) – I had gone over with friends who were in the Ironman Triathlon. My friend Rob and I were roommates and we brought our bikes. I used to cycle 1000’s of miles back in my early 20’s, but I lived from 1970-1974 on Oahu (how I knew about Kilauea Military Camp and the hikes around the volcanoes). The Thurston Lava Tubes are really cool, too (Oahu), as is hiking and snorkeling at around Hanauma Bay.

    So happy to feature your post at Share Your Style #372 for you this evening! Happy New Year!!!
    Barb 🙂

    1. Wow, you’ve got some fun stories to tell! Loved snorkeling at Hanauma Bay! Thank you for the feature, and for your time putting that together each week!

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