12 Hikes to Beat the Summer Heat

Escape the dog days with these deliciously cool trails.

What do you do when the summer heat is tar-meltingly, brain-fryingly unbearable? You could hit the pool, or hide in the basement with your AC on blast and Netflix queued up. Better idea: Hit one of these 12 hikes around the country, where altitude, slot canyons, and deliciously cool water combine to create a natural respite from whatever the season is throwing at you.