The United States offers many good and substantial hiking trails where a hiker can experience the beauty and solitude of nature while enjoying one of the best forms of exercise known to humanity. Here are six awesome trails from sea to shining sea.
- THE JOHN MUIR TRAIL
The John Muir Trail is 211 miles long and is somewhat unique because most of the trail is at high elevation. It begins in Yosemite, but the trail ascends through the Sierra Mountains range with stunning views of cliffs, peaks, lakes, and canyons. The season for this trail is June to September due to possible snow conditions on the mountains.
- THE PACIFIC COAST TRAIL
This is the ultimate long distance west coast hike. It runs through three states, 24 national forests, 19 canyons and over 1,000 lakes on a 2,650-mile journey from Mexico to Canada. Its eco-zones range from low desert to arctic-alpine. Very few hikers attempt the whole trail, and significant advance preparation is necessary for the entire hike. However, many good sections can be hiked from major cities along the coast that can be enjoyed in a single weekend.
- GRAND CANYON TRAILS
15 official trails go to the base of the Grand Canyon, and overnighters must get an advanced backcountry permit. The trails into the Grand Canyon are steep and demanding, especially in hot weather. Hiking into the canyon affords a desert canyon experience that is far beyond what can be seen from a view at the rim.
- ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
Arches National Park in Moab, Utah is exceptional for its desert hiking in the midst of over 2,000 intricate sandstone forms and arches. There is a wide range of trails from easy to difficult.
- THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL
The Appalachian Trail is the longest trail in the United States, running for 2,178 miles from Maine to Georgia. It journeys through 8 national forests and 6 national parks and is very well maintained and marked. Most hikers just do spots on the trail, and a hike through of the whole trail will involve significant planning.
- DENALI NATIONAL PARK
Denali is true backcountry adventure hiking in Alaska. Here the trails are unmarked, the terrain can be difficult, and the wildlife can be fierce. It is recommended for hikers who are quite experienced and searching for the most rugged wilderness that the United States has to offer