12 spectacular hikes in Wyoming to put on your bucket list

(Wyoming) - Whether you're going out for a Spring, day hike or planning an extensive backpacking trip over the summer, Wyoming has some of the best hiking in the country! It's hard to believe these trails are right here in our very own backyard. Check out 12 of our favorites. Happy Trails....

1. Delta Lake Hike, Jackson - This hike is a hidden gem in Grand Teton National Park. Its 7 miles of hiking leads to this gorgeous glacial lake at the base of GTNP. Elevation gain is 2400 ft. Learn more.
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2. Crazy Woman Canyon, Buffalo - Located just 30 minutes outside of Buffalo is this beaut! According to Wonders Of Wyoming this hike "is a spectacular sight with high cliffs on both sides, highlighted by an assortment of boulders that have tumbled from above." Click here to learn more about how it got its name...there are a couple interesting theories.
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3. Hidden Falls Trail at Curt Gowdy State Park, Cheyenne
- With gradual elevation, this is a 2-1/2 mile hike. Bikers and Hikers follow the trail around Granite Reservoir and up to a rock formation where the "Hidden Falls" are located. Folks can swim to the falls and even behind them in the cave. More here.
4. Platte River Trails, Casper - The Platte River Trails system is a 10 mile Riverfront Trail that runs from the East Casper Soccer Complex to Paradise Valley Park. Learn more here. Photo: h/t Elliot Ramage

5. Devils Tower in Crook County
- According to the National Parks Service, there are plenty of hiking trails around Devil's Tower. "Hiking trails are approximately 8 miles through the Monument. The popular 1.3 mile paved Tower Trail circles Devils Tower itself. Other longer trails traverse tranquil forests and meadows in the Monument."
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6. Burnt Hollow Recreation Area, Gillette - This public hiking trail is located on BLM land about 20 miles north of Gillette. Locals love it for the hiking AND the hunting. Learn more here.
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7. Tongue River Canyon near Sheridan -
It is beautiful and fairly accessible! The trail is 14 miles long and has an elevation gain of 3,600 ft. It is noted as moderate difficulty. Learn more here.
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8. Cirque of the Towers via Jackass Pass, Lander
- One of the most beautiful sights in the Wind River Range. "This is alpine's Disneyland," according to SummitPost.org. The two most popular peaks are Pingora Peak at 11,884 ft and Wolf’s Head at 12,163 ft. Learn about routes and peaks here.
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9. Popo Agie Falls Trail in Lander
- Popo Agie Falls Trail in the Shoshone National Forest in Sinks Canyon South of Lander is a round trip 3 mile hike. Vertical rise of the hike is 600 feet. According to Sinks Canyon State Park, "the first 3/4s of the trail is easy, the second 3/4s is moderate, with narrow, rocky sections. Elevation of the falls is 7,800 feet." Learn more here. Photo: h/t Marc Mayer
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10. Mt. Leidy in the Gros Ventre, Jackson Hole - Located just East of Jackson Hole, there is about 550 square miles of forested, mountain wilderness. The Mt. Leidy summit is 10,337 ft and according to SummitPost.org, "wilderness of forested mountains, rolling hills, badlands-type formations, sprawling meadows, sagebrush flats, and wild rivers" makes up what is known as the Mount Leidy Highlands. Photo h/t Tracy McGuinness
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11. Lower Clark's Fork Canyon, Cody - Hiking, running, fishing or wildlife viewing, there is something for everyone in the Lower Clark's Fork Canyon. More here. h/t Kristie Salzman
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12. Heart Mountain, Cody - According to the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce, "with permission from the Nature Conservancy, you can make the 7.2 mile roundtrip to the top of legendary Heart Mountain and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the Bighorn Basin." Photo h/t Aryn Downs

Feature photo: Cirque of the Towers via Jackass Pass / Pitchengine Communities
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