Top 5 Places to Go Swim Hiking in the USA

Whenever I hear the phrase “swim hiking” I imagine a beautiful place like the mountains, lakes or streams of Vermont. However, there are other places in the country that you can visit to enjoy swimming as part of your hiking adventure. In fact, you may want to consider this adventure in lieu of traditional backpacking, if you are looking for a more comfortable and relaxing experience.

Sourdough Gap

During the summer months, you can enjoy a swim hike at Sourdough Gap and Sheep Lake in Mount Rainier National Park. It’s a great way to see the south Cascades while getting some fresh air.

The Sourdough Gap and Sheep lake hike is short, but has plenty of views. On a clear day, you can see the Olympic Mountains, the Cascades, and even Mount Rainier. The lake is great for wading in on hot days, but it’s not deep enough for swimming.

The hike starts in a forested area. From here, the trail enters an alpine setting. You’ll see meadows and wildflowers. After a while, you’ll see a lake and rock outcropping. It’s a nice place to rest, especially if you’re not planning to stay for an extended period.

After the lake, the trail continues through a forest zone. At the 1.2-mile mark, the trail starts to climb. It’s a good idea to be prepared for some steep climbing. The first part of the hike can be a little dusty if it hasn’t been rained in a while.

The trail continues through a forested zone, then breaks into a subalpine meadow. You’ll get a fantastic view of Mount St. Helens and Mount St. Helens from the approach.

The trail returns to the Sourdough Mountain trailhead. You can also link the Sourdough Mountain trail to the Diablo Lake Trail.

Lake Serene

Among the many awesome hikes in the Seattle area, the Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls hike is a must do. The lake is hidden between two mountains, and the falls are worth the trek. The hike is 20 miles long, with a 2200 foot elevation gain.

The first mile of the trail is straightforward, with a narrow trail that follows a river. The second half of the trail is a bit more rockier and involves narrow switchbacks. A trail sign along the way makes it easy to see where the trail will lead you.

The trail is best used during the warmer months, as it is covered in snow in the winter. If you are going in the winter, bring snow boots and a pair of microspikes to avoid any mishaps.

The Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Fall hike is a challenging trek. The trail has a steep elevation gain, as well as plenty of stairs. You will need to cross two creeks on the way.

If you can make it all the way to the top, you’ll find an incredible view of the lake. The lake is 25 feet deep and has a number of great fishing holes. Several campsites are available along the shoreline. The lake is also home to a small boat launch. The lake is also surrounded by an abundance of hiking trails.

Avalanche Lake

Whether you are looking for a day hike or a weekend trip, the Avalanche Lake hike in Glacier National Park is a great option. You will find an easy trail, a scenic gorge, and a waterfall. It is also one of the most popular in the park, drawing up to two million visitors each year.

The main Avalanche Lake Trail is a short, 1.6 mile hike. It begins at a trailhead on Going-to-the-Sun Road. Typically, this road is open from mid-July through late September. It has a parking lot that holds up to ten cars. There is additional parking a half mile north of the trailhead.

The trail is shaded, flat, and fairly easy. The hike is also a pleasant one, thanks to warm weather. You will get views of waterfalls cascading into the lake, as well as distant views of the mountains.

You will also find several rock beaches along the way. The trail also has a pit toilet and a short singletrack section. There are also fun stops along the way.

Avalanche Lake is a great place to stop for a snack or a swim. You should remove your shoes before you enter the lake. However, wading in the lake is cold and icy. You should also bring a small blanket and a lunch.

You can swim in Avalanche Lake, but it is recommended that you do so with a buddy or two for safety. You should also make sure to release any fish you catch. The lake is filled with clear meltwater from Sperry Glacier.

Baxter State Park

Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced hiker, there are plenty of swimming opportunities to enjoy in Baxter State Park. The park includes several lakes, rivers, and streams, which can be reached by hiking trails.

Ledge Falls is a series of natural waterslides that is a highlight of the park’s main road. The water slide is popular with children, and there are inner tubes available.

Katahdin Falls is the tallest waterfall in Maine, and it forms a tributary to Mount Katahdin. The fall’s vertical drop is 280 feet. The falls are found in Baxter State Park. The falls can be accessed by hikers who have a permit.

Katahdin Lake is privately owned, but it operates on a lease with the Baxter State Park Authority. Katahdin Lake is accessible via a 3.3 mile hike from the Avalanche Field trailhead. There are several backcountry campgrounds on Katahdin Lake. They are equipped with fire rings and outhouses.

The Katahdin Woods and Wilderness area offers a multitude of hiking trails and swimming opportunities. It is home to the southernmost section of the International Appalachian Trail. It is also home to several waterfalls and streams. The area is also home to many backcountry campsites, which are available for rent.

The area has many opportunities for swimming and canoeing. Several ponds in the area are modest in size. However, some of them are large enough to affect kayakers.


Whether you are a novice swimmer or a seasoned expert, you’ll find some great swimming holes in the Catskills. From cliff jumping to wading in natural pools, Catskills visitors have a multitude of options. You will want to make sure you wear reliable water shoes and use common sense.

There are also swimming holes you’ll find in the Catskills that aren’t as well-known. For example, the swimming hole in the Big Indian Wilderness, on Esopus Creek, is perfect for the beginner or expert swimmer. Located near a 25-foot waterfall, it’s a great place to enjoy a dip.

Another swimming hole in the Catskills is at Fawn’s Leap, a popular cliff diving spot. This spot offers a 24-foot cliff jump, a quaint swimming hole, and a small pool. It’s a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.

One of the more unique swimming spots in the Catskills is Peekamoose Blue Hole. This natural swimming hole is part of the New York City drinking watershed. Occasionally, it attracts more than a thousand visitors a day.

Onteora Lake, located in Catskill Park in Kingston, is another of the Catskills’ many swimming holes. This small lake is ideal for swimming and sunbathing, but it’s also an ideal place for fishing. There are a few docks and picnic tables, so you can bring your friends and family along.

Kaaterskill Falls, located in Palenville, is a small waterfall that is also great for swimming. You’ll need to walk across a curved road to reach the falls.

Cross-country swimming

During the last season, Palmetto Ridge senior Bernardo Barnhart finished 26th in Class 4A in 16:22.8. This year, he’s set his sights on qualifying for the state meet out of the OK Green Conference meet on Wednesday.

He’s also got a full slate of Advanced Placement courses to keep him busy this fall. He also swims the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly, and plans on breaking the school record in the 500 freestyle.

He’s also got some lofty goals for each sport as the season winds down. He’s hoping to qualify for states out of the OK Green Conference meet on Wednesday, and plans on swimming his way into the top ten out of the Region 1 Division 1 meet on October 30.

The trifecta of cross-country swimming, running and hiking isn’t easy to achieve, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s a good full-body exercise, and it uses your core, shoulders and legs. You can also work on your core strength to keep your body in alignment.

The Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming is a feat of endurance, including a 20.1-mile swim from Catalina Island to the mainland of Southern California. It also includes the 21-mile swim across the English Channel.

There are two major types of cross-country skiing: classic and skate style. The classic style requires different skis. Unlike skating, it requires more balance.

By Hikeandbackpack

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