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15 of the Best Hiking Trails in the U.S. from Coast to Coast [PICS]

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Consider some of these best hiking trials in the U.S. for your next hike and enjoy an incredible journey and remarkable scenery and wildlife.

Take a road trip this summer and make sure to make plenty of stops to conquer these hikes.

Angel's Landing - Utah

Angle's Landing
Angle's Landing

Angle's Landing is a 4.4-mile moderate round-trip trail where hikers climb 1,500 feet up Zion National Park's trademark sandstone cliffs. Hikers start at Grotto picnic area in Zion Canyon and make their way on the broad, paved West Rim Trail.

They continue through a series of switchbacks, appropriately named Walter's Wiggles, which leads to Refrigerator Canyon. The last half-mile of the trek gets a bit arduous leading to the summit with drop offs on either side. A chain handrail offers some support along the cliffs, but even so, hikers have died on this trail.

Falls Creek Trail - South Carolina

This 6.1-mile strenuous hike leads hikers to a 1,700-foot elevation. Hikers march over creeks and rocky switchbacks and to the entrance of Jones Gap State Park.

Rim-to-Rim - Arizona


Rim-to-Rim is one of the best hiking trails in the U.S. because of its 23 miles that wind through the Grand Canyon National Park. This strenuous hike descends hikers down the north rim on the North Kaibab Trail, through Bright Angel, and ends on the South Kaibab Trail.

Although this trail is long, there are multiple campsites in between and can also be a destination for those looking for a day hike.

Franconia Ridge Loop - New Hampshire

This day hiking trail is a vigorous nine-mile loop through the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It consists of high elevations, waterfalls, and 360-degree views to see for miles. The trail takes hikers to the tops of Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Lincoln, and Little Haystack.

This is not a trail of solitude for your inner thoughts. The trail attracts a lot of people and you will most likely see many other hikers.

Camel's Hump - Vermont

Camel's Hump
Camel's Hump

There are many trailheads along this trail, one being the Monroe Trail. The Monroe Trail is a 6.8-mile round-trip route taking hikers up steep climbs to 4,083 feet and showing them stunning views of the Green Mountains. With many different trails up Camel's Hump, you can decide to whether you feel like a moderate or difficult hike for the day.

North Country Scenic Trail (NCST) - Michigan

This trail is considered one of the best hiking trails in the U.S. because it is twice the size of the Appalachian Trail extending from New York all the way to North Dakota. When finished, the NCST will be the longest continuous trail in the U.S.

The Marilla Trailhead is near Mesick, Michigan. It is a 20-mile long moderate trail through tree-lined solitude and the Huron-Manistee National Forests ending at High Bridge, which offers amazing scenery. Several trailheads along the NCST offer great options for day hikes.

Marmot Pass - Washington

Marmot Pass is a 5.3-mile moderate hiking trail taking hikers through the Olympic National Forest. Hikers start their climb through towering moss-covered cedars, hemlocks, and firs along the Big Quilcene River and climb uphill to 6,000 feet through meadows littered with wildflowers. Hikers emerge on the summit to views of Mt. Hood, Puget Sound, and the Cascades.

The Lost Coast - California

Lost Coast
Lost Coast

The Lost Coast is a moderate to strenuous 24-miles point-to-point beach hike. Hikers start at Shelter Cove and experience ancient redwoods, black sand beaches, sea cliffs, and creek crossings along the way to Mattole.

Superior Hiking Trail - Minnesota

This moderate to difficult hiking trail stretches for 296 miles. A ridgeline takes hikers over Lake Superior and through old-growth forests and its famed maple-and-pine beauty and well-maintained paths. Expect to see great views of the St. Louis River and Lake Superior's north shore as well as spectacular wildlife such as moose and black bears. The 75 different access points along the trail allows for great day hikes as well.

Upper Dewey Lake - Alaska

This hiking trail is an arduous six-mile long hike and ascends hikers up 3,100 feet from Lower Dewey Lake to Upper Dewey Lake. Hikers journey through switchbacks and meadows and over footbridges all while catching great views of Mt. Harding, downtown Skagway, and of course crystal-clear lakes.

Ozark Highland Trail - Arkansas

This 14-mile out and back trail guides hikers through the dogwood forest of Arkansas. The trail has quite trailside camping spots to spend the night. November is a great time to hike the trail to see leaves changing color. The summer months are great for enjoying the swimming holes and waterfalls.

Kalalau Trail - Hawaii

Kalalau Trail
Kalalau Trail

This trail is labeled as one of the best hiking trails in the U.S. because it is located on the beautiful coastline of secluded Kauai. The narrow and vigorous 11-mile trail starts on Ke'e Beach and ends on Kalalau Beach and is part of the Hawaii State Park system. It leads hikers on high cliffs overlooking the surf with steep inclines and declines.

Lamar Valley Trail - Wyoming

Lamar Valley Trail is a fairly easy 5.3-mile trail through Yellowstone National Park. Starting at Soda Butte Trailhead, hikers experience astounding views of grassy meadows and the 9,600-foot high Amethyst Mountain. Hikers also may catch a glimpse of wildlife including bison, elk, wolves, coyotes, and bears.

Notch Trail - South Dakota

This trail is an easy 1.5-miles through Badlands National Park. Hikers follow the trail through a canyon, up a log ladder, and along a ledge to "the notch." Some say this trail provides hikers with the most vivid views of the National Park offering panoramic views of prairies, buttes, and spires.

Conundrum Hot Springs - Colorado

Conundrum Springs
Conundrum Springs

Conundrum Hot Springs is located near Aspen winding hikers 8.5 miles through the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness areas. The trail includes 16 campsites along with views of the 14,265- foot Castle Peak. And that's not even the best part. At the top of the mountain, hikers enjoy 102-degree hot springs to relax after their challenging hike.

So pull out that map to mark your next hiking trip and make sure to visit these great hiking spots throughout the U.S.

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