Some of the most amazing trails and hiking spots on earth are right here in gorgeous Wyoming. While millions flock to our National Parks every year, few ever leave the paved trails and actually see the wild west how it is today. If you’re looking to get acquainted with Wyoming or if you just want to get a closer look at your home state, lace up your boots and pack up the car – you’ll want to hike each of these trails.
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1. Canyon Rim North to Inspiration Point, Yellowstone National Park
The trail from the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone's North Rim to the scenic Inspiration Point is an 8 mile out-and-back trail in Yellowstone. The view of the waterfall is absolutely breathtaking and you'll want to hike this one again and again. It's not exactly a walk in the park, but it's rated moderate and suitable for most hikers.
2. Jenny Lake Trail, Grand Teton National Part
This stunning Wyoming landmark lake was named
one of the clearest and prettiest in the world
, and your hike will bring you right there. The Jenny Lake Trail is an easy 7.3 loop trail that takes you around the lake. It's heavily trafficked and the scenery is the best from June to October.
3. HIdden Falls Trail, Grand Teton National Park
This entire 5 mile loop hike is scenic, and you'll catch overlooks of Jenny Lake and hidden waterfalls as you hike. Early summer is when the falls are at their peak, so that's a great time to visit. This hike is suitable for most, as it's an easy loop and there are plenty of places to rest and take in the views.
4. Mystic Falls and Fairy Creek Little Firehole Loop, Yellowstone National Park
The Mystic Falls Trail and Fairy Creek Little Firehole is a 3.5 mile loop trail in Yellowstone. This often-overlooked trail shows off an incredible view of an impressive waterfall, and the scenery along the way is something you'll never forget. It's suitable for most hikers who don't mind getting up close and personal with nature. The best time to go is in June, when the water is roaring from the melted snowpack.
5. Lake Solitude and Misty Moon, Bighorn National Forest
The Lake Solitude & Misty Moon Loop trail will take you through one of the most remote areas of Wyoming. This 16.9 mile loop features some of the most beautiful wildflowers you'll ever see, and the views of the mountains towering high above the basin and lake is something you'll never forget. It's not a difficult trail, but you'll want to be prepared for some muddy spots and ready to cover a long distance.
6. Taggart Lake Trail, Grand Teton National Park
Taggart Lake and Bradley Lake are two of the prettiest places in the Tetons, and this 6 mile loop trail is one of the most underrated hikes in the country. It's an easy hike for anyone with a little bit of walking experience, and both lakes are great spots to take a break, eat lunch, and relax for a bit before heading back. If Taggart is crowded, walk on to Bradley - it's usually deserted.
7. Table Mountain Trail, Jedediah Wilderness Area
Table Mountain is one of the tougher trails on this list, but you'll find the struggle and soreness worth it for the views you'll encounter! It's a 10.2 loop trail, with a big elevation gain of 4,140 feet. Wild switchbacks and some loose rock scrambles mean that anyone new to the trail should take an experienced hiker with them, and be willing to work hard to get to the top. The view is one of the best you'll find in the state. Be sure to start early, and check the weather before you go. This trail is best used after the snowpack has melted, in late June, unless you're looking for a great snow hike.
8. Devils Tower Trail, Devils Tower National Monument
The Devils Tower loop may be the easiest trail on this list, but that doesn't mean it's any less spectacular. Spot wildlife on the 1.3 mile loop trail and get up close to the unique Devils Tower itself. The history behind this monument is fascinating, and the local legends will have you wondering exactly how it was formed.
Read a little more about this National Monument here
before you head out to the trail.
9. Medicine Bow Trail, Medicine Bow National Forest
The 6.7 mile loop trail through Medicine Bow National Forest is another tough hike, but you'll find the overlooks to be worth the climb! If you love scrambling and boulder fields, this may become your favorite hike in the State. The way up is steep, but it goes by quickly. The trail markers can be a little hard to find, so bring a map and start early to give yourself some extra time.
10. Alaska Basin Trail, Targhee National Forest
The Alaska Basin Trail is a 15 mile loop. It sounds like a lot, but the scenery along the way will keep your attention and make the time fly by! Get an early start to the day, and you'll reach the basin area and Basin Lakes (which are slightly off trail) after 9 miles. This is a relaxing, peaceful hike and everyone looking to spend a day outdoors will enjoy the mountain views.
11. Titcomb Basin Trail, Bridger Wilderness
If you've got the gear and the time for a multi-day hike, it's hard to beat the Titcomb Basin Trail. This 28 mile out-and-back trail is scenic from the first step. Of course, you can make it a shorter trail, but trust me - you'll want to keep going! The snowpack can take a while to melt, so wait until late June to head out for a few days. Island Lake, the Titcomb Basin and Seneca Lake are all reachable on a day hike. As you keep going, through, you'll discover landscape that looks like you're on another planet! When you finally get to the end, near Eklund Lake, you'll have to be pried away from this stunning wild land. The views from various lookouts along the trail will show you the Wind River Range like you've never seen it before.
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