After searching for countless trails around North America, TrailsTV.com has put together our list of the Top 10 US Hikes. Because we, as Americans, have such diverse climates and topography, it’s difficult to choose the best. In no particular order, here is our list of Top 10 US Hikes.
Glacier Gorge – Estes Park Colorado
In TrailsTV.com’s opinion this is the most beautiful place in Rocky Mountain National Park. Seriously, the scenery, wildflowers, waterfalls, and alpine lakes are some of the most beautiful on the planet. It’s a photographers dream.
The Bright Angel Trail – Grand Canyon, Arizona
If you never been hiking in the Grand Canyon before then this is the place to start. The Bright Angel Trail is one of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, the other being the South Kaibab Trail. Both of these trails are well maintained and offer some spectacular views of the Canyon. The Bright Angel Trail has the advantage of offering a considerable amount of shade of which the South Kaibab Trail offers virtually none.
The Tahoe Rim Trail – Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
Since we’re in the Lake Tahoe Region of Nevada, we like the Rim Trail. The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the world’s premier trails. It passes through two states (California and Nevada), six counties, one state park, three National Forests, and three Wilderness areas.
Half Dome – Yosemite, California
Ansel Adams comes to life. That picture you’ve seen a thousand times with the moon over the top of Half Dome in Yosemite, comes to life. The beauty, splendor, wildlife, flora, fauna and every other adjective you can think of drives this trail.
Enchantment Traverse – Seattle, Washington
Considered the best hike in Washington, Enchantment offers a super diverse 30 miles. From easy wide flats to steep, rough areas, the hard fought permit is well worth the efforts…
Chimney Pond Trail – Baxter State Park, Maine
Beginning at the ranger’s cabin at the Roaring Brook campground, the Chimney Pond trail follows the old Basin Ponds tote road, ascending west along the southern bank of Roaring Brook, for 0.6 miles, then gradually turns away from the brook, climbing more steeply, and crossing an outlet of Pamola Pond at 1 mile. At 1.9 miles, the trail curves to the left, passing the site of the old Basin Ponds.
Kalalau Trail – Kauai, Hawaii
The Kalalau Trail provides the only land access to this part of the rugged coast. The trail traverses 5 valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach where it is blocked by sheer, fluted pali. The 11-mile trail is graded but almost never level as it crosses above towering sea cliffs and through lush valleys. The trail drops to sea level at the beaches of Hanakapi’ai and Kalalau.
Denali National Park – Denali National Park, Alaska
All you need to say is Denali. With the majestic Mt Whitney in the background, the beauty can ONLY get better. During most of the summer, you will have at least 12 hours of daylight; in June and July there is much more. If you take one of the earliest buses, there is plenty of daylight to do the dayhikes and still ride the bus both ways in the daylight for maximum wildlife viewing.
Breakneck Ridge Trail – Beacon, New York
In Hudson Highlands State Park, this trail makes a rugged ascent from river-level to roll along a knobby ridge, gathering vistas and reaching a lookout. Located on the Hudson River, expect some hand-over-hand rock scrambles and wear boots that protect ankles.
Furnace Mountain – Waynesboro, Virgina
If you like mountaintop views and camping along streams, this loop is for you. Head north on the Appalachian Trail and turn west toward Austin Mountain, with many views of your destination. Camp in the woods along Madison Run and then climb up to Furnace Mountain for more views. Walk along the rest of Trayfoot Mountain and drop to Paine Run for more streamside camping.
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