August

Hiker looking out at the Italian Dolomites

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2023 August Trip Dates

U.S.A. Destinations

Arizona Hikes

View from Horseshoe Mesa in Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park

Backpacking Trips

Grand Canyon National Park has not yet issued backpacking permits for this month. It's extremely beneficial to register before the permit process (85+% of our guests do). You can pick any dates and you'll receive a 5% early registration discount! We have a great success rate and your deposit is fully transferrable or refundable if we're unsuccessful. Click here to read more about Grand Canyon's permit process, or get started by selecting a trip and hitting "Go!" below.

All Other Trip Types

Sunset on Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona Sedona Hiking Tours

California Hikes

Sunset in Death Valley National Park Death Valley Hiking Tours

Mammoth Lakes backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range Eastern Sierras

Sunset in Joshua Tree National Park Joshua Tree Hiking Tours

Sunset at Lassen Peak with reflection on Manzanita Lake Lassen Volcanic National Park

Two people backpacking on the Lost Coast of California Lost Coast Guided Hikes

Precipice Lake so still it's a mirror lake in the high sierras Sequoia - Kings Canyon

Sunset on Half Dome, Yosemite National Park Yosemite Hiking Tours

Colorado Hikes

Landscape from high up in Rocky Mountains in the Flattops Wilderness Area of Colorado with man traversing along ridge on summer day with alpine lakes below and background. Stunning mountain view. Flat Tops Trips

Bull Moose at Sprague Lake in the early morning light. Rocky Mountain National Park

Montana / Wyoming Hikes

Absaroka Mountains in Wyoming Absaroka-Beartooths

High ridge in the Gros Ventre Mountains of Wyoming Jackson Hole Guided Hikes

Jedediah Smith Wilderness in the Tetons Tetons Guided Hikes

Jagged peaks of the Wind River Range, Wyoming Wind River Range

Heart Lake and Mount Sheridan in Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone Hiking Tours

New Hampshire Hikes

view from Mount Washington in New Hampshire in afternoon light White Mountains Hut Treks

North Carolina Hikes

Quartz high in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville Asheville Hiking Tours

Sunset and storm clouds over Great Smoky Mountains National Park Smoky Mountains Guided Hikes

Utah Hiking Tours

Sunset on the cliffs of Canyonlands National Park Arches & Canyonlands

Sunset view of the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Hiking Tours

Arch in Capitol Reef National Park Capitol Reef Guided Hikes

Wide angle Horizontal composition Golden Cathedral Neon Canyon Escalante National Park Utah Grand Staircase Escalante

Backpackers in Paria Canyon Wilderness Paria Slot Canyons

Stunning vista of Zion National Park Zion Hiking Tours

Vermont Hikes

Early morning autumn in the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont Vermont Hikes

Washington Hikes

Wonderland Trail in Mount Rainier National Park Mount Rainier Hiking Tours

Backpackers in North Cascades National Park North Cascades Guided Hikes

Views from Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park Olympic Hiking Tours

International Destinations

Alps Guided Treks

Hiking trail in the Italian Dolomites Alps Guided Treks

Canadian Rockies Treks

Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies Canadian Rockies Treks

Iceland Hiking Trips

Laugavegur Trail in Iceland Iceland Hiking Trips

Nepal Treks

Hikers on the Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal Nepal Treks

Norway Hiking Tours

Lofoten Islands Hiking Tour in Norway Norway Hiking Tours

Patagonia Trekking (Chile)

Puerto Natales sunset in Patagonia, Chile Patagonia Trekking (Chile)

Peru Treks

Alpine lake in the Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru Cordillera Huayhuash Trekking

Machu Picchu hiking tour in Peru Guided Hikes to Machu Picchu

Tanzania (Kilimanjaro)

Tents at sunset on Kilimanjaro Tanzania (Kilimanjaro)

Vietnam

Ha Long Bay in Vietnam with boathouses and cruises Vietnam

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HIKING IN August

Single hiker walking on trail with mountains in background

BENEFITS OF HIKING IN August

August is arguably the top hiking month of the year! In the USA the mountain destinations are in their peak season, with the high country open and abounding trekking opportunities.  Yosemite, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, the Eastern Sierras, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Olympic National Park, the North Cascades, Mount Rainier, Yellowstone, the Tetons, Jackson Hole Area, Wind River Range, Absaroka-Beartooths, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Flat Tops, Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, and White Mountains in New Hampshire are all absolutely amazing.

Two more benefits of USA mountain destinations in August are that by mid to late August the crowds are thinning out as schools and colleges reopen, and the bug season is usually well past its peak after the first week of August.

Internationally, the northern hemisphere mountain destinations like the Alps, Norway, Iceland, and Canadian Rockies are also in their prime. Kilimanjaro is going strong in July, as is the Inca Trail and other Peru hikes.

DRAWBACKS OF HIKING IN August

The drawbacks of trekking in August are that many areas can be quite crowded, especially national parks and major tourist destinations in the northern hemisphere.

In the desert and canyon destinations, August is one of the hottest months, but the summer monsoons are usually also hitting their peak in August which helps moderate the heat.

WHERE TO HIKE

There are three main categories of destinations to hike in August:

– USA desert and canyon destinations – these options include Grand Canyon, Sedona’s Red Rock Country, Zion, Bryce and more.

– USA mountain destinations – all mountain destinations in the USA are in their prime: Yosemite, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, the Eastern Sierras, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Olympic National Park, the North Cascades, Mount Rainier, Yellowstone, the Tetons, Jackson Hole Area, Wind River Range, Absaroka-Beartooths, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Flat Tops, Great Smoky Mountains, Blue Ridge Mountains, and White Mountains in New Hampshire

– Trekking and backpacking internationally – recommended options for August are Peru, Kilimanjaro, the Canadian Rockies, Norway, Iceland, and the Alps.