All mountain peaks and wilderness valleys, Wyoming is a hiker’s dream come true. Wherever you are in the state, there’s sure to be some epic hiking opportunities nearby. Though the list of truly awesome trails is almost endless, these 15 hiking trails are magnificent and absolutely belong on every hiker’s bucket list.
1. Lizard Head, Pinedale, Wyoming
This backpacking trail takes you on a long path through the best scenery the Wind River Range has to offer. You'll need almost a week to see all there is to see on this 42-mile trail.
2. Mount Washburn, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
This trail up Mount Washburn is easy-peasy. It's a gradual 6-mile climb and most of it is on old mountain roads. The reward for a few hours climb. is a breathtaking panoramic summit view.
3. Jenny Lake Trail, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
The well-known lake isn't the only thing you'll see on a Jenny Lake Trail hike. Though it's largely a loop around Jenny Lake, there is plenty of spectacular Wyoming wilderness to take in on this 7.7mile trail, as well.
4. Sky Pilot Peak, Wind River Range, Wyoming
This hike takes you through the northern part of the Wind River Range. At 37 miles, it's another one that requires days, not hours, for full appreciation.
5. Grand Teton Loop, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
This trail is one of the best for getting to know the Grand Tetons. You can try hiking for a few hours if that's all the time you have, but don't be surprised if you end up changing plans to hike for several more days. The entire loop is over 30 miles and will allow you to enjoy the Tetons in a whole new way.
6. Bradley Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
At under 5 miles, the hike around the lake is mostly flat and can easily be accomplished in a few hours.
7. Cloud Peak, Big Horn National Forest, Wyoming
This trail is in the southwest section of the forest. At 11 miles, although it's not among the longer trails on the list, Cloud Peak is the highest in the Big Horn Range, so it's a bit steeper than most beginning climbers should tackle.
8. Rendezvous Mountain, Moose, Wyoming
At almost 13 miles, the Rendezvous Mountain hike is moderately short, but considered one of the most incredible hiking experiences in the Jackson/Teton area.
9. Teton Crest, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
You're going to want to load up the packs and spend several days hiking this 35-mile trail that features some of the best wildflowers in the state. You'll start out at an elevation of 10,450 feet, however, and finish 6,875, so a lot of your hiking will be going down. There definitely is some hill-climbing, though, so that, along with the length of the trail gets it classified under "difficult skill level" by trails.com.
10. Bechler River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
This trail follows the Bechler River for most of the way, so although it's over 30 miles, the majority is along flat ground, making it one of the best hiking trails in Yellowstone. Plus, not only is it a relatively easy hike, but there's plenty of good fishing along the way.
11. Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
You'll find one of the longer but easier hiking trails in the state smack in the center of the park. It's about 20 miles that's well-worn and offers views of rivers, lakes, and wildlife.
12. Lupine Meadows, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
This is a short one - under 10 miles - but a lot of this trail is a pretty steep climb into Garnet Canyon, so it's not one for beginners. Still, the scenery can't be beat and is a generous reward for anyone who hikes this route.
13. Alpine Lakes, Wind River Range, Wyoming
If you choose to tackle this 45-mile trail through the high country in the heart of the Wind River Range, you'll go through some rugged but gorgeous terrain.
14. Medicine Bow Peak, Medicine Bow National Forest, Wyoming
This 7-mile trail will take you to the scenic peak, but is still considered a good hike for beginners.
15. Old Glacier Trail, Wind River Range, Wyoming
This amazing trail through the northeast section of the Wind River Mountains is among the longest at 56 miles, but it will take you to the highest peak in the state as well as offer breathtaking views you won't find anywhere else.