Winter is almost over and with the thaw comes some prime hiking weather. Mountains that were recently blanketed in snow start to see blue skies and colorful flowers, while warmer temperatures make the terrain easier to navigate. Get outdoors this spring on one of these jaw-dropping hikes.
United States: Upper Yosemite Falls
There is nothing more heart-pumping than staring clear down the mouth of the thundering waterfalls in Yosemite National Park. A quintessential American hike, these California cascades rise nearly 2,500 feet along a challenging, strenuous trail. If you’re a less experienced hiker, stick to the easier Lower Yosemite Falls instead of the Upper Falls which have a far more difficult terrain to navigate.
Europe: Durmitor National Park
In the mood for a serious, organized trek that will take you off the beaten path? Discover the superb natural beauty of Montenegro. KE Adventure offers an eight-day Mountains and Monasteries tour, filled with hiking through Durmitor National Park, boat trips, and sightseeing. This tiny country on the Adriatic Sea is sure to become one your favorite hiking destinations.
Asia: Mount Takao
Everyone knows spring brings the famed hanami or cherry blossom viewing season in Japan. There are many gardens in Tokyo where you can enjoy the blooms, but there’s plenty of other natural beauty to be found during the Japanese spring. Head out of the city for a day to climb Mount Takao. The summit is at its best in spring and commands outstanding views of Mount Fuji. It also passes through temple grounds, making it an unmistakably Japanese experience.
Spring in the northern hemisphere may be fall in the south, but that doesn’t take Australia out of the running for amazing April hikes. In fact, the Classic Larapinta Trail’s peak season doesn’t even begin until April. This six-day trek spans 72 kilometers of Australian history. You’ll learn about the country’s earliest settlers and adventurers while you enjoy the desert scenery.
South America: Lares Route
The Inca Trail is famously at its best in April and May, but anything with that reputation is bound to get crowded, even if the government does keep a close eye on trekking permits. Fortunately, there are several ways to get to Machu Picchu. Consider taking the Lares Route instead. This three- to five-day trek winds through the lesser known Lares Valley, where you’ll find many local farmers and artisans living in peace among Peru’s famous llamas and alpacas. The end of the trail is at Ollantaytambo, which is just a 90 minute train ride from Machu Picchu.
Canada: Lake Louise
Hiking in Canada is a bit notoriously limited in May. You shouldn’t head deep into the Canadian Rockies this time of year, but you can find some lovely spring hiking trails in the lower valley. Lake Louise is a great base for a relaxing Alberta holiday. Home to one of the world’s biggest ski resorts, you’ll find that the fun doesn’t melt away with the snow. Venture out to spot bears and birds, or simply marvel at the wildflowers that take over beautiful Emerald Lake.