The 6 Most Breathtaking Hikes in America


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West Maroon Creek Trail

In a state packed with picturesque hikes, having the Rockies as a mountain playground, this one stands out even higher than the others. With the trail starting through a glacial valley and leading up to the spectacular Maroon Pass (located at 12,480 ft.), the terrain and altitude gain can be challenging, though absolutely worth the 6 hour trek. During summertime (Colorado's wildflower season), soak in the colorful blooms lining the trail. And more than anything, this hike is worth it just to be able to take a glimpse at the picturesque and breathtaking Maroon Bells. It's a long hike at high altitude, so remember to bring your Adventurist Daypack filled with snacks, water and a camera for the 'gram!

 


Angel's Landing (Zion National Park)

Located in Zion's huge red rock canyon, this "shorter" 2.4 mile trek ends at the tippy top of Angel's Landing, arguably one of the most stunning look out points in the world. The viewpoint is located on top of a 1,488 ft. tall rock formation, Angel's Landing, which got it's name in 1916 from Frederick Fisher, claiming that "only an angel could land on it". And although the last half-mile is where the most spectacular views come into play, the first parts of the hike are extraordinarily scenic as well, making its way along the Virgin River, before ascending Walter's Wiggles (a set of 21 switchbacks). But we would be remiss not to mention that the last part of the hike takes guts of steel. With the trail only a couple feet wide, and nearly 1,500 foot drops on either side, this hike is not for the faint of heart (or those with questionable balance). But we'll just let you give it a try for yourself, and wish you good luck on this bucket list hike!

 


Kalalau Trail

As if you need another reason to go to Hawaii... This 11 mile trail leads to a secret beach, from which the trail gets it's name. Crossing five valleys leading through tropical forests and jagged cliffs along the Na Pali coast, this trail would probably make this list, secluded beach or not. BUT, the beach at the end is definitely not something we're about to overlook, as this luscious utopia just happens to be perfect for camping after a long day's worth of exploring. Pro tip: Once you get to the beach, follow the dirt path leading inland to find fields of fresh and natural guava, mango, and java plum trees, ripe for the picking.

 


Mooney Falls (Grand Canyon National Park)

 Starting from Supai in the Hualapai Indian Reservation, this trail is in a more remote part of the Grand Canyon. It descends into two travertine tunnels and down iron ladders, with chains secured into the rock. Throughout the entire hike, you are graced with stunning views of the 200 ft. waterfall. And as an added bonus, you can enjoy the plunge pool at the end, soaking in the aquamarine/turquoise water among the bright red canyon walls (plus wild grape vines aplenty). Bring your cameras for this one folks - and your bathing suit!

 


The Highline Trail (Glacier National Park)

Inside Glacier National Park, this Big Sky Country trail emits beautiful views from every step. The trail follows along the Continental Divide, while remaining relatively flat for most of the journey. From up there, the views of glacial meadows, rugged mountain peaks, and gorgeous lakes down below offer a completely stunning perspective of the surrounding beauty. P.S. You might even luck out and get a chance to see a few bighorn sheep or mountain goats along the trail! Just watch out for grizzly bears...

 


John Muir Trail

This is a long trail. Spanning 211 miles through the high Sierra backcountry, it is known as some of the finest mountain scenery in America. So take your pick. As this trail winds through Yosemite Valley, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Devil's Postpile National Monument, as well as Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, you'll have a good chance to check off and explore one or more of these spots that just might be on your bucket list. And if you're committed to seeing beautiful nature, you could always try doing all 211 miles at once!