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When is the best time to hike each trail?

Some trails you can hike all year round, but other trails are best hiked during specific seasons. See when the best time to hike each of our trails is, and start planning your next hike today!

Paul Bodnar      Educational     6/25/2021
Paul Bodnar
Educational
6/25/2021

The hiking season in the Northern Hemisphere starts roughly around March and goes through September, with variations depending upon how far north or south you are. For example, hiking in the far south of the United States is doable (and often preferable) in October through February.

Southern Hemisphere hiking mirrors the Northern Hemisphere, with a season of roughly October through March. We prepared a chart so that you can see the ideal hiking season for most of the trails that we have guides for. Keep in mind that the perfect time to hike can vary depending on weather and your personal preferences.

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About the Author
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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the PCT again in 2010 to do research for his guide book, Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the PCT.