These 5 Hikes Are Perfect for Basking in Spring Wildflowers

Check out some of our favorite hikes for spring blooms (and when to hit them so they're prime).

Hiking for the flowers. Photo: Courtesy of Jonatan Pie

Springtime is in full swing, and winter (whether you had a good one or not) is melting away … which means it’s wildflower season. And there are so many beautiful spots to trek through and soak in those gorgeous spring colorways.

It’s that time of year to strap on the hiking boots and get yourself out on the trail to immerse yourself in springtime’s natural beauty. Check out some of our favorite hikes for spring blooms (and when to hit them so they’re prime).

Niquette Bay State Park, Vermont

White Trillium. Photo: Courtesy of Ian Muttoo

From mid-April to mid-May, Vermont’s Niquette Bay State Park explodes with spring ephemeral flowers like White Trillium and Jack in the Pulpit.

The delicate flowers are the first of the season – sometimes they even show up before the snow is gone, so they’re a signal that winter is finally over. The 3.5-mile loop around the park takes you along the lake shore and through the unbelievable flower fields.

Cape Horn Trail, Washington

Wildflowers on Cape Horn. Photo: US Forest Service-PNW

The Columbia River Gorge, which splits the border between Washington and Oregon, was designated as a National Scenic Area in part because the wildflowers on the Cape Horn Trail are so amazing.

In the ’80s, local flower lover Nancy Russell lobbied congress to save the land from development. She won a hard-fought battle, and now you can hike the steep, flower-covered Cape Horn trail to an overlook that bears her name. The 6.8-mile loop blooms in the spring and summer.

Bar Island Trail, Maine

Lupines. Photo: Courtesy of Annie Spratt

If you time the tides right, you can access one of the most spectacular displays of Lupines in the country on Bar Island, just off the coast of Bar Harbor, in Acadia National Park.

At low tide, a sand spit between the mainland and the island open up for 90 minutes before and after low tide, giving you about three hours to take in the 1.5-mile trail. June is the best month to check this spot out.

Gregory Bald Trail, Tennessee

Wild Azaleas. Photo: Courtesy of Dee Jay

In June, the 8.8-mile Gregory Bald Trail through the Great Smoky Mountains explodes with a rainbow of Azaleas. The area is so dense with rare variations of the flowers that the British Museum of Natural History has spent years studying them.

The hike is steep and can feel long, but the fields of flowers at the top are well worth the journey.

Snodgrass Trail, Colorado

Mt. Snodgrass. Photo: Courtesy of Travel Crested Butte

Crested Butte is often called the wildflower capital of Colorado, and that accolade doesn’t come without good reason. Fifty species of flowers, including Lupine, Indian Paintbrush and Columbine bloom there.

The 3.6-mile one-way Snodgrass Trail (just outside of town) winds you through fields of flowers and aspen groves. Early July is the prime time to hop on this trail.

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