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Don’t get us wrong—we love skiing in winter and spring, and watching the trees change in fall is always a thrill. But for hikers, summer is a time of almost endless possibilities. Late sunsets mean longer days on the trail, while balmy temperatures mean lighter packs. Is it any wonder that summertime trips all feel a little more epic? But like all good things, summer won’t last forever. We’re solidly in the back half of the season; days are getting shorter, and before you know it the mercury will drop along with the leaves.
Lukcily, summer isn’t over yet: You still have a little more than five weeks left to explore the best that the season has to offer. So stop putting off that trip you’ve been thinking about. We’ve rounded up 100 of our favorite hikes, paddling trips, backcountry lakes, waterfalls, berry-picking excursions and other warm-weather adventures on one interactive map. Start exploring below, and make the most of it.
More Trips and Tips for Summer Hiking
Cooling off in a backcountry lake or stream is one of our favorite parts of the season. Learn how to do it better with our guide to backcountry swimming holes.
Waterfalls are some of the most spectacular destinations to hike in the backcountry. We picked five of our favorites.
Heat can be dangerous—learn how to safely hike when it’s sweltering out.