10 Summer Trails to Try This Season
Montville Nature Trail
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado 1 of 11
After a hot day trekking through deep sands of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, head to Montville Nature Trail for respite from the afternoon sun. Walk the length of this shady, forested trail to take in exquisite views of the dunes and valley.
South Bubble Trail
Acadia National Park, Maine 2 of 11
Breathe in the fresh New England air as you traverse this beginner-friendly summer trail. Head to the top where you'll find a rock perched on the edge of a cliff, appearing to fall off with the next gust of wind. Once at the summit you can head to Jordan Pond for even more beautiful views of the green Maine landscape.
Fahnestock West Trail
Clarence Fahnestock State Park, New York 3 of 11
Spring showers bring May flowers, and by June they're all in bloom. Take in the sites and smells of newly budding flora on this unforgettable early-summer trail. Don't forget to stop and enjoy the many scenic views and be sure to visit each small pond.
Creek Road Trail
Brandywine Creek State Park, Deleware 4 of 11
Poplar, birch and maple trees provide cover for this moderately difficult summer hike. From easy, flat trails to steep rocky terrain and a stream crossing, this is a perfect day-long adventure.
Kuliouou Ridge Trail
Honolulu, Hawaii 5 of 11
Stunning views of Hawaii's clear blue waters make this a picture perfect hike for every hiking adventurer out there. You'll traverse past boulders, roots, and tall flowing grasses before you hit the winding switchbacks. This 5-mile round trip trek is perfect for an afternoon outing.
Ozark Highlands Trail
Ozark Mountains, Arkansas 6 of 11
Waterfalls, bluffs and streams dot the trails of this intermediate summer trail. Whether you're looking for a daytrip or to camp under the stars over night, 233 miles of trails give you the flexibility to do both.
Glacier Gorge Trail to Black Lake
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado 7 of 11
Enjoy the splendor of idealistic, rustic hiking on this rugged trail, for intermediate to confident hikers only. Catch the Aspen groves in full bloom at the end of the summer for a truly unforgettable hike.
Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Maine to Georgia 8 of 11
Moose, porcupines and woodpeckers are at home on the trail's 2,200 miles of hiking landscape. You'll also catch wildflowers and maple trees in peak season during a summer hike. Running through 14 states, most hikers can tackle one of the most diverse trails in the US.
Aravaipa Canyon Trail
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, Arizona 9 of 11
This desert oasis can be found deep within the canyon of the Galiuro Mountains. You'll hike beside wild turkeys, big-horned sheep, and black bears as you trek along the 20-mile trail. Look out for a wide variety of plant species including willows, cacti and saguaro.
Ruckel Ridge Trail
Columbia River Gorge, Oregon 10 of 11
Root ladders, vertical trails and scary-narrow walkways make this summer trail one of the toughest hikes in the US. However, the gorge is the hardest part. Once out, you can enjoy gorgeous views and a much easier trek to the top. Some easier trails to hike include Ruckel Creek Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.