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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Best hiking trails in the USA

The USA is a hiker’s dream country for many reasons. The sheer extent of diversity in America is unbelievable, in terms of people, cultures and landscapes. The USA contains virtually every type of landscape within its borders: deserts and mountains, rainforests and thousands of miles of coastline. In fact, every state in the USA has a seemingly endless variety of amazing hiking trails just waiting to be discovered. For a first-timer, it can be quite confusing to figure out which trails to pick. Here we have done the hard work for you and made a list of our favourites:
1.       Lost Coast Trail, California: Stretched out over 24.6 miles, this trail is suitable to be covered at any time of the year, which is what makes it a favourite with many people. This trail is so densely forested that logging companies tried and failed to build a road through here. This trail can be walked north-south or vice versa starting from Mattole Beach or Black Sands Beach near Shelter Cove. On the hike, barren, misty stretches of beach and forest will be your constant companion.
2.       Grand Canyon National Park: This extremely famous hiking trail stretches out over a good 70 miles and takes a total of 4 to 6 days to cover. According to us, spring, fall and winter are the best times to explore this trail. Also known as the Tonto Trail, it is officially classified as a South Rim Hike and runs from Garnet to Red Canyon. While this trail is great for most parts of the year, be sure to reserve the backcountry campsites found along this route by getting a wilderness permit with the Backcountry Rangers Office.
3.       Napali Coast, Hawaii: The Kalalau Trail on the Napali coast is touted as the best trail in the US by many a backpacker, and with good reason. The breath-taking landscapes look like scenes taken straight out of a movie. Speaking of movies, cool fact: Jurassic Park and Avatar were filmed here. If you want to explore pristine beaches or swim in waterfalls in the backdrop of majestic mountains, this trail is where it’s at.
4.       Mount Adams South Climb, Washington: This medium-difficulty climb is shorter, at only about 11.2 miles. The best time to attempt this climb is May to September, when the ice cover is navigable. An added treat of hiking in the summers is the plethora of colourful wildflowers adorning the hillside. Since slight snow cover remains throughout the year, many hikers opt to ski down the mountain. Even though this trail is popular due to its accessibility and relative ease, do not attempt it in anything other than fine weather.
5.       Grayson Highlands, Virginia: The tallest mountain in Virginia, Mt. Rogers is home to this trail. But that’s not all. These highlands are all about wild ponies, rhododendron tunnels and rolling hillsides. This is a relatively short trail spanning over 8.5 miles, and takers only a day to cover. As such, it is perfect for beginners. April to November is the best time to hike if you want to witness the entirety of this beautiful trail, though be prepared for snow even in May! The best part of this trail, and easily one of the most unique experiences ever, is wandering through the table-top meadows alongside the wild ponies.
Although it is very difficult to pick favourites from the vast number of beautiful trails all over the USA, we tried to cover some from across states. We hope this gave you enough inspiration to pack your camping gear, and hike away!

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