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Best Hiking Trails in Wyoming – USA

Overview

Wyoming is an almost perfectly square shaped state in the Mountain West region that has beautiful mountain landscapes, particularly in the northwest corner of the state. The main areas for hiking include not only the very well known Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, but also Shoshone National Forest, Bighorn National Forest, Wind River Range, and Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. The best months to hike in Wyoming are June to September. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Wyoming. 

Capital: Cheyenne

When To Hike in Wyoming – USA?

June – September: Driest, warmest time, least chance of snow
October – May: Cold/snow

Climate: Semi-arid (dry) and continental – cold, snowy winters and warm/hot summers, with rains occurring in late spring and early summer.  Overall, Wyoming tends to be quite dry, but the mountain areas receive more precipitation than lower regions. 

 

Wyoming Monthly Weather

 

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Many well-marked trails in the national parks and national forests.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Wyoming for hiking:

  • Moose
  • Jackson
  • Cody

 

 

Most popular hikes in Wyoming – USA

The northwest part of the state is one of the main areas for hiking, with Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Shoshone National Forest and the Wind River range. In the north central part, there is Bighorn National Forest and in the southeast, there is Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. Highest Mountain: Gannett Peak (4210 m) in Wind River range.

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Wind River Range

  • Vast beautiful range with lots of hiking 
  • Gannett Peak (highest peak)
  • Wolverine Peak
  • Lizard Head Peak
  • Many more

Shoshone National Forest

Bridger-Teton National Forest

Grand Teton National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Long Distance Trails of Wyoming – USA

Wyoming – USA's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Wyoming Hiking Books: There are many books, handful listed below:

  • Hiking Wyoming: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Bill Hunger, Roxy Dawson, Ben Dawson, 2022, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/43YlAuc
  • Hiking Grand Teton National Park: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Bill Schneider, 2018, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3TVoOKv
  • Hiking Yellowstone National Park: A Guide To More Than 100 Great Hikes, by Bill Schneider, 2019, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3UdGqmf
  • Hiking Wyoming’s Cloud Peaks Wilderness: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Erik Molvar, 2021, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3xrlNtO
  • Hiking Wyoming’s Wind River Range, by Ben Adkison, 2018, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3TXYK1z
  • Hiking Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Ken Keffer, 2017, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3Q3JqPB
  • Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness: A Guide to 63 Great Wilderness Hikes, by Bill Schneider, 2024, Falcon Guides – https://amzn.to/3PY7JhU
  • Hiking Wyoming’s Medicine Bow National Forest: A Trail Guide to Snowy Range, Sierra Madre, Medicine Bow, Pole, and Laramie Mountains, by Marc Smith, 2021, Open Space Publications – https://amzn.to/3vR53Mk
  • Hiking the Black Hills Country: A Guide to More Than 50 Hikes in South Dakota & Wyoming, by Bert Gildart and Jane Gildart, 2021, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc – https://amzn.to/3UdGgeD
  • Moon Montana & Wyoming: With Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks (Travel Guide), by Carter G. Walker, 2019, Moon Travel – https://amzn.to/4aRuPyF

 

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Best Hiking Trails in Wyoming:

There are so many fantastic trails in Idaho that it is impossible to pick a handful, but here is a small sampling. You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Teton Crest Trail – Grand Teton National Park
  • Delta Lake – Grand Teton National Park
  • Gannett Peak
  • Cirque of the Towers – Wind River Range
  • Paintbrush Canyon – Grand Teton National Park
  • Medicine Bow Peak – Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest
  • Lost Twin Lakes
  • Bunsen Peak – Yellowstone National Park
  • Cascade Canyon – Grand Teton National Park
  • Avalanche Peak – Yellowstone National Park

Easy Hiking Trails in Wyoming:

  • Taggart Lake
  • Red Beds Trail

 

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What Else To Do

Other Important Points

  • Check for hunting season