Striking geology, breath-taking sights, and fascinating wildlife are just some of the reasons to go hiking in the United States. With its diversity of places that make for amazing hiking spots, the US has something to offer for everyone. However, there is a breed of hikers who go out not just to see a new place or for a fun weekend break, but because they are truly passionate about the activity.
As writer Sonja Yoerg says, “Hiking’s not for everyone. Notice the wilderness is mostly empty.” Even if you do not have a lot of experience in hiking but are seriously interested in taking it up, it’s never too late. If you are among such hikers, and love challenging yourself to different and difficult trails, these spots in the USA should be on your bucket list for hiking trips:
Quite a popular hiking spot in the US, this national park is considered a paradise for hikers as well as climbers. Ample options for backpacking are available too if you want a serious overnight hiking adventure. The multitude of cliffs and the depths of the canyon are places to explore for a true feel of Zion.
You are sure to witness diverse ecology during this hike, and the Zion canyon Slick Rock country offers some beautiful views. Try the sheer walls of the Zion Narrows for some gorge hiking. Featuring the base of some of the highest and narrowest canyon walls all over the world, this is surely challenging. In fact, some parts of this trail are so narrow that you might need to creep through sideways using nothing but your hands.
Offering some of the best untamed and rugged country in the United States, Denali is one of the most unique areas for hiking in the country. Unlike most other national parks, hikers at Denali do not get well-marked trails and instead have to create their own paths—a feature that hold a lot of appeal for people who are serious about hiking.
Going beyond the entrance of this Alaskan national park offers you an adventurous hike into the real backcountry and wilderness, where you get the opportunity to experience nature in its raw form. The terrain here is uneven and dangerous at places—you might have to choose whether to take the risk of crossing a stream or a thicket, or to go around it, even if it means adding extra miles to your trail. And do not let your guard down, as chances are that you might even encounter some dangerous wildlife. This hike is surely not for the inexperienced or faint-hearted.
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