Wyoming March 26, 2019
12 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Wyoming Will Love
Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time to swap out snowshoes for hiking boots! Set aside some time to get out and enjoy the fresh air on these gorgeous Wyoming spring hikes. This early in the year, you’ll probably still need microspikes in your bag, and don’t forget to always carry bear spray when you venture into the wilderness. All of the trail maps can be found at
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1. Island and Night Lakes Trail, Shoshone National Forest
The beautiful loop trail to Island and Night Lakes is just under 4 miles in Shoshone National Forest, near Cody, WY. This easy trail is perfect for wildflower spotting and wildlife watching, and the lakes make for perfect picnic spots.
2. Turtle Rock Trail, Wallis Recreation Area
Turtle Rock Loop Trail from Wallis Recreation Area will take you around the northern part of the Vedauwoo rock formation. This 2.8 mile loop features a beautiful river and is very lightly trafficked, so you're sure to have a peaceful walk. There are plenty of opportunities for bouldering or scrambling along the way.
3. Taggart Lake Trail, Grand Teton National Park
Coming in at just under 4 miles, the Taggart Lake loop trail in Grand Teton is one of the most peaceful trails you'll ever take. In the summertime, Rangers lead interpretive hikes here, but in the spring and fall, it's about as quiet as it gets in the parks. The sight of snow-capped peaks on a warm spring day is breathtaking.
4. Long Lake, Bighorn National Forest
Hike 5.2 miles out to Long Lake and back in Bighorn National Forest, near Buffalo. This gorgeous trail is one of the best places in the state for birdwatching and wildflower spotting. You'll enjoy a small river crossing, and see Sherd Lake before you reach the scenic Long Lake.
6. West Tensleep Falls, Bighorn National Forest
The quick 1.6 mile hike out to West Tensleep Falls and back is beautiful once the weather warms up. Enjoy these beautiful falls that seem to be perfectly hidden in the forest.
7. Keyhole Dam Trail, Keyhole State Park
Hike just over 2 miles out and back along the Keyhole Dam trail.Keyhole Dam Trail near Moorcroft, Wyoming. The pretty lake and perfectly groomed trails of Keyhole State Park make this one of the best hikes in the state for the beginning of spring.
8. Intermittent Spring, Bridger-Teton National Forest
The Intermittent Spring outside of Afton is at the end of a trail that's just under a mile long (1.5 miles out and back). You'll find a fascinating phenomenon at work here, because the spring turns on and off, almost like a faucet exists behind the mountain.
Read more about this oddity here
9. Vedauwoo Trail, Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest
The rocky, unique Vedauwoo Trail is a short, half mile loop trail that features stunning wildflowers and an unusual rocky formation. These rocks are nearly as old as the earth itself, and you'll have a blast exploring this one of a kind landscape.
10. Porcupine Falls Trail, Bighorn National Forest
The short (but steep!) hike down to the base of Porcupine Falls Trail is less than half a mile from the trailhead, but it's still quite an adventure. Take your time descending to the pool at the bottom of the cascade and you'll find the journey is well worth any effort.
11. Holmes Cave
Hike into the mountains to find Holmes Cave! This trail is a quiet, 9.2 out-and-back that's perfect for an early season trail run or a relaxing day in the wilderness. You'll spot plenty of gorgeous wildflowers and end up looking right into the mouth of Holmes Cave itself.
12. Lake Helen Trail, Bighorn National Forest
When you're looking for sprawling views, the 8.7 mile out and back Lake Helen trail is an amazing destination. The wildflowers along the trail are stunning, and you're likely to see pollinators this time of year! Bird watching is easy from way up high, and the lake overlook is breathtaking
What parks and forests are you setting your sights on this year? For a more challenging foray into the woods, read about
9 Places In Wyoming Where You Can Embark On An Off-The-Grid Adventure.