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Where to Hike in North America Summer 2024

Jun 27, 2024 | Travel Tips

In many parts of North America (namely in Canada and the US), summer means hiking season in the mountains! July and August are the months when trails are free of snow in many mountain areas and it’s time to strap on your hiking boots. Check out this blog post for some inspiration on where to go hiking in North America over summer 2024.

Canada

The second largest country in the world (by land mass), Canada boasts some of the most beautiful mountain scenery on the planet, particularly in the western and northern parts of the country.  Summer is the best (and in many cases, the only) time to hike in Canada. We’ve highlighted the main provinces and territories in Canada for mountain hiking. For lots more information on where and when to hike here, check out the Canada page.

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Alberta

The world-famous Banff National Park draws a huge number of visitors in the western province of Alberta, to embark on hikes such as those around Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.  Nearby, Kananaskis Country boasts many trails such as Tent Ridge and Ha Ling.  To the south of Calgary, one of the main cities from which to explore the Rockies, is the beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park and to the north of Banff is the wilder Jasper National Park. There is so much to explore in Alberta! Base yourself in any number of mountain towns such as Canmore, Banff or Jasper.

To find out more about all the different places to hike in Alberta, visit the Canada page.

British Columbia

Beautiful BC cannot be beat for spectacular mountain landscapes. Whether you’re looking for an urban escape such as Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour in Vancouver or the numerous provincial parks such as Garibaldi Provincial Park, or the trails laced throughout Vancouver Island, there is something for everyone in the westernmost province of Canada.

There are lots places to base yourself in British Columbia for hiking; to find out more about where and when to hike in British Columbia, visit the Canada page.

Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland

Yukon & Northwest Territories

The northern territories of Yukon and Northwest Territories have wild, mountainous areas to hike, including in Kluane National Park in Yukon and Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories. Find out more about hiking in this northern part of Canada on the Canada page.

Eastern Canada

The eastern provinces of Quebec and Newfoundland have some amazing mountains to explore including the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec (Mont Tremblant is a popular area to visit) and Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland. Find out more about hiking in the eastern part of Canada on the Canada page.

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USA

Summer is the time to head out to the spectacular mountainous states (and world-class national parks) of western USA and parts of eastern USA. We’ve highlighted a few (but by no means all) of the places to hike in the USA in summer 2024.

Montana

Known as Big Sky Country, the sparsely populated state of Montana is known for its wide-open spaces and beautiful landscapes.  The western part of the state is quite mountainous and hiking is popular here, particularly in Glacier National Park, bordering Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada.  There are many other places to hike, including: Custer Gallatin National Forest, Helena-Lewis and Clark Wilderness, Bitterroot National Forest, Flathead National Forest, Kootenai National Forest and so much more.

Base yourself in Helena, West Glacier, Bozeman or any number of towns close to the mountains. Visit the Montana page for more information on where to hike in Montana.

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Washington

Washington, a US state in the Pacific Northwest, is one of the most beautiful states for mountain hiking.  Olympic National Park and the Cascade Mountains are among the many gorgeous landscapes to hike.  Other areas include: Mount Rainer National Park, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Mt Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest, Mt St. Helens, Mt Adams, and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

For more information on hiking in Washington, check out the Washington page.

Oregon

Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest filled with lush, mountainous landscapes and thousands of miles of hiking trails to explore. The main areas for hiking include: Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood National Forest, Willamette National Forest and its many wilderness areas, Crater Lake National Park, Siuslaw National Forest, Wallowa – Whitman National Forest, and many more. If you’re looking for hikes that lead to spectacular waterfalls then this is the state to do it, as there are plenty.

Some of the towns to base yourself out of for hiking include Bend, Eugene, Joseph, Mt Hood Village and Carson. For more information on hiking in Oregon, visit the Oregon page.

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Wyoming

Wyoming has some awesome mountain areas to hike in, including 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. 

Some of the best places to base yourself include Moose, Jackson and Cody. For more information on hiking in Wyoming, check out the Wyoming page.

Colorado

The Rocky Mountains provide an endless playground for hikers in the state of Colorado.  There are thousands of miles of hiking trails here; some of the main areas include: Rocky Mountain National Park, Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Pike and San Isabel National Forest, White River National Forest, San Juan National Forest, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, among others.

There are lots of great bases for hiking in Colorado, such as Estes Park, Aspen, and Durango. For more information on where to hike in Colorado, check out the Colorado page.

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Alaska

The far flung US state of Alaska is one of the most beautiful for mountain hiking. Some of the popular areas for hiking include Denali National Park, the Mat-Su Valley (including Hatcher Pass area), Chugach State Park, Kenai Peninsula, and lots of towns from which to hike including Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Valdez and Anchorage. Summer is the best time to hike in Alaska and for more information on where to hike in this US state, visit the Alaska page.

Maine

Known for its beautiful, rocky coastline, there are low mountains to explore in the northeastern US state of Maine, including the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, Mount Katahdin. Other hiking areas include the crown jewel of this state, Acadia National Park, as well as Baxter State Park, Carrabassett Valley, Mahoosuc Range, and Camden Hills State Park. 

For more information on where to hike in Maine, check out the Maine page.

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Heat Warning

This year, like in recent years, we’re seeing higher than average temperatures in the summer months. There have been many tragic incidents of hikers falling ill or dying, hiking in hot weather. Avoid going to the parts of southwest USA where it’s not recommended to go during the summer months ie. Death Valley National Park in California or Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. As well, pay attention to areas that are experiencing heatwaves at the time of your travel.

There are so many great places to hike in North America, particularly in the US, this summer, so check out Where to Hike When for lots more ideas for mountain hiking for summer 2024.

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