Best Places for Hiking in Snow in the US

November 22, 2021by Mike Mayleben

Winter is such a beautiful season, isn’t it? And don’t you think for a second that outdoor enthusiasts would be stopped by cold and snow! Because we’re about to bring you a list of the best places for hiking in snow in the US.

Silver-coated ground, frozen lakefront, grey, tranquil sky… Oh, winter — how lovely art thee!

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Fairyland Loop Trail

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

A challenging 7.8-mile heavily trafficked trail, Fairyland Loop Trail is perfect for those experienced in snowshoeing and winter hiking. And trust us, you won’t regret the time and effort spent.

Featuring stunning rock formations, breathtaking bird’s eye view, and magnificent sunsets, Fairyland Loop surely lives up to its name. So come explore Bryce Canyon National Park this winter and step into a winter fairytale.




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Strip Mine Falls

Cumberland Trail State Park, Tennessee

This adorable out and back trail located in Cumberland Trail State Park is a must if you enjoy snow-covered sceneries and frozen waterfalls. Keep in mind that this trail has a decent elevation, and contains some steep steps. Therefore, be very careful when you go explore the trail during the winter seasons.




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Cape Falcon Trail

Oswald West State Park, Oregon

Looking for a snow-covered beach and a Wuthering Height vibe? You’ve found it. Cape Falcon Trail is a 4.6 mile out and back trail in the Oswald West State Park. If you’re an experienced hiker, then you know Oregon is famous for its snow hikes.

Compared to your other snow hike options, Cape Falcon Trail is much more moderate. The only thing to keep in mind is this trail gets muddy easily, especially when snow is melting or if it has been raining days before.




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Gilpin Lake Trail

Gilpin Lake, Colorado

Another state known for its beautiful snow is, of course, the amazing Colorado! This state is so full of nature’s wonders. Of all the trails you can go to, Gilpin Lake Trail is probably one of the most popular snow hiking trails around.

This out and back trail is 9.7 miles long, so make sure you bring plenty of snacks and water with you! However, the snow-covered mountain-caps and the frozen lake are a must-see at least once in your lifetime.




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Morton Arboretum

4100 IL-53, Lisle, IL 60532

Stroll in the beautiful Morton Arboretum on a snow-covered trail is many Chicagoian’s annual ritual. And with this year’s brilliant Human + Nature exhibition, it would only be an even more unforgettable experience once the snow falls.

There are several trails in the Morton Arboretum. Personally, we would recommend the Big Rock Trail that takes you to a peaceful lake, or the Main Trail Loop 3+4 combo, which will take you through some of the most beautiful scenes in the arboretum.




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Cottonwood-Marble Loop

Death Valley National Park, California

Did someone ask for unforgettable winter hikes and a true challenge? Well, check out the Cottonwood-Marble Loop, then. This lightly trafficked loop trail is 31.8 miles long. Therefore, it’s often used by experienced snowshoer's and backpackers.

You would want to bring solid winter camping gear. But don’t worry — this loop has a total of 33 waypoints, so you won’t have any problem finding a safe and comfortable place for the night.

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Myrtle Beach, SC 29588


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