Unfortunately, winter’s not over yet, even though our friend Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring. While we wait for the snow to melt and our hands to warm up, there’s no denying that we’re dreaming of sunnier days, blooming flowers, and getting back outside. We recently posted a blog about the best snacks to eat while hiking, so it’s only fair that we fill you in on the best East Coast hiking trails for spring. Grab your pack and we’ll meet you on the trail!
Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine
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You’re going to want to wake up early for this one. Cadillac Mountain is the first place in the United States to see the sunrise between October 7th and March 6th, so it’s best to conquer this hike as soon as the weather allows. Shaped by massive glaciers and a collapsed volcano thousands of years ago, Cadillac Mountain peaks at 1,530 feet high and offers beautiful views of the surrounding islands. The South Ridge Trail Loop features 7.5 miles of moderate hiking while the North Ridge Trail is a short 2.2 miles long.
Franconia Ridge, White Mountains, New Hampshire
Photo Source: Taylor Thomas, New England Today
The Franconia Ridge Trail Loop might not sound too difficult, but this 8.4 mile trail is only recommended for experienced hikers. Set aside a whole day for this one and you’ll climb three peaks, pass a waterfall, and witness the most incredible views of the White Mountains. Franconia Ridge was even selected as one of National Geographic’s World’s Best Hikes!
Mount Hunger, Waterbury, Vermont
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This steep, 4 mile climb features a wide open summit with world-class views of the Presidential and Green Mountains as well as local Vermont towns. Rather than a loop, the Waterbury Trail takes you out and back with a beautiful waterfall about halfway through the hike. It’s far less crowded than the local favorite, Mt. Mansfield, so you’ll be able to take your time without having to fight through the crowd.
Blue Hills Reservation, Boston, Massachusetts
If you’re still recovery from months of being a couch potato while waiting out the winter weather, then this hike is the one for you. The Braintree Pass Path is a relatively easy 3 mile hike that “passes by stands of majestic hemlocks, slopes covered with mountain laurel, and an Atlantic cedar swamp.”
Best Snacks for Hiking
Whether you get hungry on the trail or you need some refreshments when you’re finished, Eat Your Coffee Energy Bars are an awesome choice for hiking food. Made with organic, whole ingredients like oats, dates, and nut butters, each bar is caffeinated with one cup of coffee to help you get back on track and boost your mental clarity. Plus, they come in amazing flavors you’ll want on the trail: Fudgy Mocha Latte, Salted Caramel Macchiato, and Peanut Butter Mocha. Trust us - they’re way easier to hike with than a canteen full of coffee.