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8 Snowy Spots for Winter Hiking
Mount Crescent Trail
Randolph, New Hampshire 1 of 9
Wander through the snowy New England forests of New Hampshire on this peaceful wintertime hike. At 3.2 miles, it's just long enough to enjoy the landscape before a cup of hot chocolate back at home. The end of the hike can be cumbersome to traverse in boots, so pack snowshoes just in case.
Cuyamaca Reservoir Trail
Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, California 2 of 9
San Diego is warm year-round, but offers winter hiking with a small amount of snow. Views of the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Islands provide a unique experience in the dead of winter. This easy, 2.5-mile hike winds around the reservoir and through a forest of tall cedars.
White Oak Canyon to Upper Falls
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 3 of 9
With an elevation of only 1,100 feet, this trail only sees a small amount of snow. The 6-mile hike is steep, but still doable for beginners. With a waterfall overlook, it's one of the most popular hikes in the park. However, in the winter months, you can enjoy a more peaceful hike with less people to share the trail with.
Old Speck Trail
Grafton Notch State Park, Maine 4 of 9
Winter beauty is impossible to miss on this snowy hike. The 7.6-mile trail is a challenge, but offers spectacular views from the summit. After crossing a number of streams, you begin your ascent toward to the top of the mountain. Here your view opens up with majestic panoramas of the Notch covered in snow. Give yourself a pat on the back at the summit observation tower, with a winter wonderland stretching as far as you can see.
Loop Road Trail
Yosemite National Park, California 5 of 9
A winter hike in Yosemite is as meditative as it is wondrous. The Loop Road Trail is 8 miles long, and located in the Mariposa Grove. Here giant, snow-covered sequoias tower high above the trail. With such high levels of snow, visitors must snowshoe or cross-country ski through the path.
White Tail Loop
Sweetwater Creek State Park, Georgia 6 of 9
Hike along a babbling creek and take a rest next to small inlets of water, where the serenity is impossible to ignore. This 4.1-mile loop passes the New Manchester Mill ruins and runs through two large outcrops. Enjoy a relaxing descent at mile 3.5 as you head back to the start.
Taylor Ridge Trail
Brown County State Park, Indiana 7 of 9
The snowy forest of Brown County State Park is perfect for scenic winter hiking. Trek along the ridge and down into the valley, and stop for a rest on the streamside trail as you travel back to the start. You can extend your hike from 2.75 miles to 3 miles if you hop on the connecting trail near Ogle Lake.
Fluggerton Road Long Pond Trail
Willowemoc Wild Forest, New York 8 of 9
This 2.4-mile loop is perfect for families with small children. With minimal elevation gain and wide trails, everyone can enjoy this cold-weather outing. Be sure to explore the trailside lean-tos, which overlook Long Pond and provide stunning views of the northern mountains.