21 Best Hikes In The US For Nature Lovers

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Are you a passionate hiker looking for the best hikes in the US?

Or are you a total newbie looking for some hiking inspiration?

Well, whether your a professional or a beginner…

You’ve come to the right place!

It doesn’t get much better than hiking. You get to see some of the best nature on the planet. And it’s a great workout too!

And since we love hiking so much…

We’ve picked out some of our favorite hikes in the US!

Take a look at our list and see if you’ve made the climb before. Or save them for your hiking bucket list!

Check out our favorite hikes below!

 

21) Franconia Ridge Loop

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Location: Lincoln, New Hampshire

Ascent: 3,789 feet

Length: 8.6 miles

Difficulty: Intermediate/Difficult

Franconia Ridge Loop is a steep trail with rocky terrain. It’s not a trail for beginners to attempt. You’ll need hiking endurance for this bad boy!

You’ll get amazing panoramic views at the peak and pass through a river and several waterfalls on the descent. This trail offers great memories!

 

20) Humphrey’s Peak

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Location: Flagstaff, Arizona

Ascent: 3,343 feet

Length: 9.2 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Make sure you’re an experienced hike before taking on this beast of a trail. Don’t bring kids or any friends that aren’t experienced hikers.

Many people suffer from altitude sickness once they reach higher levels of the trail. The steep and rocky trail requires good hiking shoes. And the snow and ice near the top of the peak make the trail even more challenging.

With all the bad stuff being said…

The panoramic view at the top of Humphrey’s Peak is well worth the 5-8 hour climb.

 

19) Ewoldsen Trail

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Location: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park – Monterey County, California

Ascent: 1,965 feet

Length: 5.8 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Ewoldsen Trail is currently closed to the public, but when it’s open, it’s a great trail to experience.

The loop trail through Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park offers great views of mountains, beaches, and bird watch. You can also reach the beautiful area beach where Mcway Falls pours into.

 

18) Rae Lakes Loop Trail

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Location: Cedar Grove, California

Ascent: 7,844 feet

Length: 41.4 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Rae Lakes Loop Trail is an epic 3-day hike for avid hikers. It’s always possible to split the trail up into more than 3 if you want to take your time.

There’s no shortage of mountains, lakes, and wildlife on the trail. Just make sure you bring a bug net to protect your head!

 

17) Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail

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Location: Bar Harbour, Maine

Ascent: 1,118 feet

Length: 4.0 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Cadillac Mountain North Ridge Trail is a beautiful trail for those that aren’t in the best hiking shape. For the most part, the trail is doable for those in decent shape.

The path can get icey and there are some difficult areas of the trail. But those reasons shouldn’t stop anyone from hiking this beautiful trail!

 

16) Ammonoosuc Trail

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Location: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Ascent: 3,569 feet

Length: 7.0 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail is an amazing hike that can lead you to the top of Mount Monroe and Mount Washington.

You’ll definitely see no shortage of mountain views and river views.

Just be sure to know the weather before you take the hike. Cold weather and ice make the trail more difficult than it already is.

 

15) Dipsea Trail

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Location: Mill Valley, California

Ascent: 2,545 feet

Length: 9.7 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

The Dipsea Trail is an amazing route that will take you from Muir Woods National Park to Stinson Beach. The highlight of this trail is walking through redwood forests.

And if the redwoods aren’t enough…

There are still mountain, ocean, and wildflower views too!

The hike has some steep sections and the route is rather long…

But the views along the way and reach the beach at the end are well worth it!

 

14) Rubicon Trail

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Location: South Lake Tahoe, California

Ascent: 1,381 feet

Length: 11.9 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Rubicon Trail is a gorgeous hiking trail with great views of Lake Tahoe. There aren’t really any steep parts in the trail, so the only tough part is the distance.

So we recommend this trail for anyone that isn’t necessarily in hiking shape. You’ll get amazing views of the lake and nearby scenery.

 

13) Templeton Trail

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Location: Sedona, Arizona

Ascent: 708 feet

Length: 7.1 miles

Difficulty: Easy

Templeton Trail is a trail in Coconino National Forest in Arizona. It provides the best views of the famous Cathedral Rock!

Don’t worry if you’re new to hiking. Anyone can complete this beautiful trail regardless of experience. So don’t be afraid to bring the kids and dogs with you!

 

12) Mist Trail

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Location: Yosemite Valley, California

Ascent: 2,191 feet

Length: 6.4 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Yosemite National Park has some of the best hiking trails in the country. So plan on seeing more from Yosemite later on in this post.

The Mist Trail takes you to the gorgeous Vernal and Nevada Falls in Yosemite. The trail gets more difficult during the winter and you’re going to need shoes with spikes.

 

11) Devil’s Garden Trail

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Location: Thompson, Utah

Ascent: 1,069 feet

Length: 7.5 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Devil’s Garden Trail is one of the most unique trails you’ll ever experience. The loop trail has 7 natural arches and amazing rock formations everywhere.

The trail is steep at some sections and you can experience hot to cold weather changes on your hike. But Devil’s Garden is a trail you want to check off your bucket list!

 

10) Harding Icefield Trail

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Location: Seward, Alaska

Ascent: 3,812 feet

Length: 9.7 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

If you had the chance to hike the largest icefield in the United States, would you take it?

If the answer is yes, then you HAVE to hike the Harding Icefield Trail. The Harding Icefield is a huge icefield in the Kenai Mountains in Alaska.

You’ll see all kinds of natures on the trail that includes:

  • glaciers
  • snowcapped mountains
  • rivers
  • waterfalls
  • wildflowers

 

9) Long’s Peak

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Location: Allenspark, Colorado

Ascent: 4,881 feet

Length: 13.1 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Long’s Peak Trail is the most popular trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. It gets its popularity from Long’s Peak and the rock formation known as the Keyhole.

The trail almost always has a lot of hiking traffic and gets very busy during the warmer months.

The trail gets extremely difficult and dangerous if there is any snow or ice on the trail. Don’t go during the cold months unless you’re an experienced hiker.

You’ll see some of the best views in the country on this trail!

 

8) Wheeler Peak Trail

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Location: Baker, Nevada

Ascent: 2,906 feet

Length: 8.2 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

Wheeler’s Peak Trail is a gorgeous trail that takes you to the summit of Wheeler’s Peak. Wheeler’s Peak is a highlight attraction in Great Basin National Park.

You’ll see all kinds of gorgeous scenery as you climb to the summit.

Another great feature of the park is Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. It’s a stunning 12-mile road that takes you to the trailhead of the mountain peak!

 

7) Root Glacier Trail

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Location: Chitina, Alaska

Ascent: 879 feet

Length: 6.5 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Why not hike a glacier when you have the chance?

The Root Glacier Trail takes you across some of the most beautiful scenery in Wrangell–St. Elias National Park.

There’s not much of an incline on the trail and pretty much any level a hiker should be able to accomplish the feat. You’ll just want to bring shoes with spikes to maneuver across the ice on the path.

 

6) Pihea Trail

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Location: Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii

Ascent: 456 feet

Length: 2.3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

The Pihea Trail is one of the best hikes in Hawaii. This trail has some of the best views of the gorgeous Na Pali Coast!

So if you’re planning your honeymoon in Kauai…

Or if you just know you’re going to visit there someday…

This hike is a must!

Make sure to go on a dry and clear day. The trail can get very muddy and difficult to complete when wet.

 

5) Halfdome Trail

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Location: Yosemite Valley, California

Ascent: 5,164 feet

Length: 14.8 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

The Half Dome Trail is one of the most difficult trails you’ll ever experience. It’s a marathon of a hike!

You’ll definitely need to bring plenty of water and nutritious snacks. Plan on at least 8 – 12 hours when attempting the hike.

It’s going to be a challenge, but the trail takes you over 4,800 feet above the Yosemite Valley. It’s one of the most beautiful sites in the country!

 

4) Cascade Canyon

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Location: Moose, Wyoming

Ascent: 1,099 feet

Length: 9.0 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Cascade Canyon Trail is an amazing hiking trail in Grand Teton National Park. It’s fairly easy for anyone to hike. So don’t worry if you’re not in great shape.

You’ll see stunning views of the canyon and there’s a lot of wildlife to see as well. Keep your eyes peeled for the moose and bears!

 

3) Highline Trail

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Location: Browning, Montana

Ascent: 4,895 feet

Length: 28.4 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

The Highline Trail is the busiest and most breathtaking trail in Glacier National Park. There isn’t a single part of the trail that doesn’t have an amazing view!

The difficult parts of the trail are narrow and have steep drops. But the first 7 to 8 miles only have a slight incline and are pretty easy to complete.

 

2) South Kaibab Trail

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Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Ascent: 1,177 feet

Length: 3.1 miles

Difficulty: Difficult

South Kaibab Trail is one of the most popular trails in Grand Canyon National Park. The trail gets a lot of traffic because it’s the fastest way to the bottom of the canyon.

You’ll get some of the best views of Grand Canyon National Park on the way down!

The trail is steep and quite the climb back up. Don’t take the trail lightly and be careful in cold weather!

 

1) Cloud’s Rest Trail

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Location: Yosemite Valley, California

Ascent: 1,775 feet

Length: 14.5 miles

Difficulty: Hard

This trail is definitely not for those that have a fear of heights!

Cloud’s Rest is a granite formation in Yosemite National Park. It lies northeast of the famous Half Dome.

Cloud’s Rest Trail takes you to the top of Cloud’s Rest where you’ll find the best views of the Half Dome.

It’s not an easy hike and there are narrow parts of the trail with steep drop-offs on both sides. But the views at the top of Cloud’s Rest are the best in the Yosemite Valley!

 

Conclusion

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a beginner…

You’ll never forget completing trails like the ones listed in the article.

You’ll definitely need to be decent shape before you attempt most of these trails. Or it can take an entire day to complete them!

Have you hiked any of the trails listed above?

Or do you recommend we add one to the list?

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