It’s already the second month of a new decade, and you’re ready to start planning your next hiking adventures this year. But where should you go? StorQuest has put together a list of some truly awesome trails in the U.S. to get you started.
The Wonderland Trail – Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
If you’re seeking a tough trek, the Wonderland Trail has much to offer. With many starting points, including one near Longmire, Washington, this 96-mile loop features varying terrain – from clear forest paths to rocky ridgelines. Skilled adventurers will appreciate the challenge the hike provides, as well as the amazing views of Mount Rainier.
Mount Mansfield – Underhill, Vermont
At 4,393 feet above sea level, Mount Mansfield is the highest peak in Vermont and is one of only two places in the state where you can find arctic-alpine tundra. One advantage this trail offers hikers is climbing 2 miles above treeline along a ridge for some truly breathtaking vistas of this Northeastern state.
John Muir Trail – Yosemite National Park, California
Cutting through the center of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, this 211-mile trail is a difficult but rewarding introduction to thru-hiking. Whether you set aside three weeks to complete this trail end to end or choose to hike one section at a time, the JMT offers an awesome alpine experience with countless lakes, deep river canyons, and granite-faced peaks. This one truly lives up to the hype.
Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
The Grand Canyon welcomes 5 million visitors a year, but less than 1% attempt the epic rim-to-rim hike. While that percentage might seem daunting, preparation balanced with proper expectations turn this hike into an awesome journey. From the towering rock formations that accompany you along the trail to the mesmerizing sunset at Plateau Point, hiking the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim trail is an unforgettable experience.
Kalalau Trail – Nā Pali Coast State Park, Hawaii
Based along the Nā Pali Coast of the island of Kauai lies what some call one of the most beautiful hikes in the world. Kalalau Trail offers 11 miles of coastal paradise with Instagram-worthy views of the Pacific Ocean. Advance reservations are required for non-Hawaii residents, so make sure you book early if you’re traveling to Hawaii from out of state. While this trail is challenging, the experience is well worth the effort.
Lost Coast Trail - King Range National Conservation Area, California
Set between cliffs and the sea, California’s Lost Coast Trail offers an awesome coastal hiking experience. The remote beach trail is brimming with wildlife – you might share your journey with some sea lions while hiking the mostly flat but rocky terrain along the coastline. Lost Coast Trail is accessible year-round but disappears with high tide twice a day, so plan accordingly.
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