Camping is a great opportunity for adventure. From roasting marshmallows on a radiant fire to hiking through the woods encapsulated in nature’s beauty, winter is a wondrous time of year. Unfortunately, for most, the weather becomes unreliable. It sends these novice campers heading for the warmth of their homes. But that’s when the extreme adventurer comes out to play. These avid naturalists think nothing of gearing up and heading out into the cold where mosquito bites and crowds are nonexistent. They relish camping during the winter in all of its snow covered glory.
Here are five winter wonderlands every extreme adventurer must visit that promise to be challenging, yet breathtaking:
Yosemite National Park, California
Most people don’t really think snow when they hear the word California. They think sun, sand, and ocean. But the extreme adventurer knows this state’s hidden wintertime gem; Yosemite National Park. Once you’ve set up camp, be sure to ski along the Wawona Meadow Trail where you’ll encounter towering sequoias, and stop at the falls to hear them trickle and watch them glisten.
Pictured Rocks, Lake Superior
The largest of the Great Lakes, this pristine winter wonderland is shared by three states and Canada. The few who choose to camp here during the winter will be exposed to the dazzling ice-covered lakeshore. Before you light your camp fire, be sure to go to Pictured Rocks. It’s the perfect location for ice fishing and ice climbing.
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Trillium Lake, Oregon
Known for its popular summertime destinations, this state is actually better during the winter. Once you’ve pitched your tent in any of its state parks or national forests, make sure you venture to Trillium Lake. It has a spectacular view of the Mt. Hood National Forest and has many unimproved roads that are ideal for skiing. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, have your dog tow you across the snowy landscape.
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Cadillac Mountain, Maine
The Pine Tree State is the perfect spot for winter camping. Their striking trees, covered in snow and ice, shimmer in the beautiful sunshine. For a real treat, hike to the top of Cadillac Mountain just before sunrise. You’ll be the first person to greet the sun in the entire United States.
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McBride Glacier, Alaska
So just how rugged are you? The only way to find out is to put your sleeping bag on this state’s frigid ground. Whether you decide to camp at the base of a mountain or next to a lake, the stunning Alaskan scenery will take your breath away. You might even see some animal tracks during your hiking adventures. Check out McBride Glacier if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.
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