Have a look at the five best hiking trails in the US, which vary from hilly expeditions to cool oceanside strolls.
Maine – Penobscot & Sargent Mountains
Two mountain tops, rocky trails and clear ponds make this the most rewarding hike in Acadia. The 5 mile looped trail begins and ends at Jordan Pond House, a rustic restaurant that provide post-hike noshes. You’ll squeeze between boulders to scale mount Penobscot, dip down to Sargent Pond, then climb up past the tree line up to the top of Sargent Mountain at 1,370 feet. With water on almost all sides, the breathtaking sight encompasses practically the whole area.
Virginia – Mount Rogers
Virginia’s highest possible mountain is 5,728 feet at the southwestern Blue Ridge Hills, near North Carolina. Beginning at Massie Gap in Grayson Highlands State Park, it’s a 4 mile hike to the top, partly alongside the Appalachian Trail. Most of it winds past rugged pastures, so you have wide-open sights all the way, and near the top it is covered in dense spruce woodlands. There are also wild ponies to be seen on the mountaintop meadows throughout the route.
Hawaii – Kalalau Trail
This incredible trail is the only land accessible to Kauai’s Nā Pali Shore, where high cliffs crash right into the Pacific Ocean. As seen in Jurassic Park, it’s a transcendent landscape of tropical valleys, falls and mango trees. The 10 mile trail heads towards Kalalau, a secluded beach between volcanic ridges, where campers usually stay for several nights. It’s a seriously tough walk though, particularly after it rains, which it does a lot. Day hikers stick with the first two miles to Hanakapi’ai Coastline, which is spectacular in its own right.
Oregon – Tillamook Trail
William Clark climbed up Tillamook Head in 1806 and found the most pleasing area his eyes had ever seen. Hike this trail yourself to see why so satisfied him as you comply with Lewis as well as Clark’s tracks from the community of Beachfront to Ecola State Park. The 6 mile route climbs up over 1,000 feet through an older forest, with dramatic sights of mountain ridges that seem like they extend right into the ocean. Keep an eye out for elk and eagles, along with migrating grey whales in winter and also springtime.
Colorado – West Maroon Creek Path
Near Aspen and Crested Butte, this satisfying expedition is best done in July, when wildflowers are at their peak. Bountiful larkspurs, violets, blue columbines as well as white thimbleberries grow along the 10-mile course, which has a few of one of the most remarkable sights in the Mountain ranges. It begins with a bang at the trailhead: Maroon Lake with the twin tops of the Maroon Bells is among the state’s most photographed sites. From there the path winds through a glacial valley as well as aspen groves in the White River National Forest, then climbs up 3,000 feet over Maroon Pass before making a similarly magnificent descent. If a daylong hike feels too ambitious, there are several shorter variations in the area.