Best 10 Hiking Trails in US

Monday, July 24, 2017
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Airplanes, cruise ships, cars, and buses – there are so many modes of transport, but nothing beats the fun of a trip made on foot. Whether it’s a brisk walk in the park or a stroll on the local trail, walking is undoubtedly the most beneficial to us with respect to our health. More importantly, it is the best way of experiencing the wonders of the world without missing out on any significant feature. The US is home to some of the most breathtaking, diverse, and best rated hiking trails that are always dotted with hikers out to explore the entire trail on foot.

America, as a naturally blessed country, has some captivating views to offer to those who take the time to explore the natural wonders while on a hike. It has some of the best hiking trails to offer to those with adventurous souls.

The best ten hiking trails that hold the most appeal have been mentioned below for enthusiasts to peruse adventures by themselves or with their families. One thing is for certain, you are bound to have a good time on these hiking trails.

1. West Maroon Creek Trail

Colorado is a state full of top favorite hikes all across the Rocky Mountains, but there is one that really stands out from the rest. It is a beautiful 10-mile lush green valley that leads up to stunning views at 12,480 feet once you get to Maroon pass. The landscape of the trail is ideal for scenic photography and will turn the trip into one of your most memorable hikes. If you are ever in Colorado, then do make sure to go on this trail and check out the Rocky Mountains that offer an adventure like never before.

2. Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjords National Park

This 8-mile roundtrip hiking trail will take your mind back to the ice-age with its gorgeous views that are present in all of their glory during a day hike. The trail is located near Seward in Kenai Fjords National Park and is one unique trail as every way takes you for a climb up to the valley floor, making you meander through a lush-green forest and fields and ensuring that the hike never gets boring. Over the course of the hike, you’ll come across over 300 square miles of snow and get to witness 40 glaciers spread in all directions.  Throughout the hike, you’ll get to see many scenic views that make the trail one of the most beautiful hikes.

3. Half Dome

The Half Dome Trail, located in Yosemite National Park, California, is a fantastic 16-mile roundtrip hike. One of the highlights of this hike is that it takes you through Yosemite’s famous granite dome. The views are magnificent as you get to witness the Vernal and Nevada falls at certain points during the hike. The highlight of this hike is the moment you get to the final 400 feet summit where only the ones that are adventurous and experienced get to continue their climb provided they have a license. The 400 feet summit makes it among the top favorite hikes for many people.

4. Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park

Precipice Trail that is a part of the Acadia National Park truly brings out the best of Maine. It features a 1.6-mile round trip hike that has some wonderful ocean views to offer from the mountain and many believe that the views are something people need to see for themselves as pictures don’t do them justice. This isn’t one of your usual trails and requires some experience as it is 1,000 feet steep on a narrow ledge. For many, it can be a nerve racking experience but the stunning views make it one of the most glorious hiking trails.

5. Angel’s Landing

The name ‘Angel’s landing’ itself creates a lot of curiosity amongst amateur and professional hikers. Located in the Zion National Park, Utah, the hike is definitely not for those who are light-hearted as it takes one up to dizzying heights with huge drops on both sides, which makes it a part of some of the list of great American hikes. Generally, people with more experience go on this 5-mile hike but if you are seeking some thrill in your life, then this hike has chains installed for people to hold on to and continue their hike.

6. Devil’s Garden Trail

Devil’s Garden Trail, located in the Arches National Park in Utah, is a great 7.2 miles hike that is open throughout the year. It is among the best rated hiking trails and is home to the most concentrated collection of natural sandstones in the world. The landscape itself is unique since it is shaped like an arch, and is also the longest arch in the world. This hike is a must trek for those who are visiting Utah as it has some fascinating features including an arch that is the length of a football field.

7. Franconia Ridge Loop

Some of the best backpacking trails are located in New Hampshire and amongst them is the great Franconia Ridge Loop. This nine mile trek is only a few hours away from Fenway Park, making it ideal for a family outing. The hike is extraordinary as it takes people through alpine tundra and elevation gains over 3,400 feet in four miles.  Many people believe that it’s among the top trails across the US due to the many features that give it a unique twist.

8. Root Glacier Trail

The name Root Glacier Trail gives a lot away and leaves less for the imagination. The trail is located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and is daring as it brings you face-to-face with outstanding glaciers during the hike. This won’t be like other hikes that are mostly on land as during this hike you’ll be navigating paths on glaciers in the country’s largest national park. It might take a little more effort but in the end it is totally worth it. The best time to enjoy this hike is between June and August making it a favorite on the list of the top most amazing hikes.

9. Hoh River Trail

The Hoh River Trail is located in the Olympic National Park, Washington. This hike isn’t as open as the others since it takes you into a moss-topped, dense forest. The temperature of the forest is unusual making the experience unique unlike any other place in the US. The trail is 17.6 miles and goes through Glaciers and Meadows. It might not be among rocky mountain hiking trails but it’s definitely a trail worth experiencing.

10.Elephant Canyon / Druid Arch

The Elephant Canyon/ Durid Arch is located in the Canyonlands National Park, Utah. The trail is 11 miles long making it among some of the best long distance hiking trails in the country and the best part about this hiking trail is that it is open all year round. The hike offers views of some of the best rock formations around the country and the trail is surrounded by arches, spires, and needles making it a trail that requires some experience. If you want to catch a stunning view be sure to hike early morning in order to get the best natural light to bring out the best features of the objects of your lens.

America is known for having some of the best hiking trails in the world, making it a great tourist attraction for people coming from all over the world. The hiking trails are unique enough for hiking enthusiasts to travel to the United States for the sole purpose of visiting and experiencing the unique hiking trails on their own. We all want to try something new, and hiking on the best trails in the country gives you the opportunity to learn more about the landscapes and climates across the country. These are among the best places to hike in the US and if given the opportunity, should not be missed. The experience you will gain climbing each of these unique hiking trails will be worth all of the sweat and blood you put into getting to the destination and reaching the final point. Whether you are a local or a tourist, make sure to check out these hiking spots because one thing is for certain you are guaranteed to fall in love with the natural beauty surrounding you. It will also give your kids a great chance to stay away from the TV, mobile apps and other social media websites, and explore and learn in the wildlife.

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François Dumaine

My mission is to save lives and sedentary people through the outdoors. For me, a sedentary lifestyle goes well beyond sitting in the living room.

I want to disconnect people from the virtual world to connect them to the real world. I want to reconnect with nature. I want people to stop SURVIVING, and start living! I want to communicate the feeling of freedom, of fulfillment that I live in nature!
I have the deep desire to help make the world a better place. I would like to leave my imprint on our planet this way. This is the message I want to leave as a legacy to my children! ;-)

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