Looking for hiking trails to explore? Here are a few of the world’s best hikes sure to take your breath away!
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In this article:
The West Maroon Pass
The Jewels Route
Yoho National Park
The King’s Trail
North Coyote Buttes and the Wave
Red Rock Canyon State Park Trails
The Natural Arches
The Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
The Dragon’s Back Trail
St. Mark’s Summit
Ledges and Pine Grove Loops
The Rocky Top Trail
The Rumbling Bald Mountain
The Bunker Meadows Trail
The Inca Trail, Peru
The Trail to Cerro Castillo Glacier
Awa Awaapuhi Trail
Padar Island Trails, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Blue Lakes Trail, Colorado
The Redwood Creek Trail, California
Buckskin Gulch, Paria Canyon, Kanab, Utah
The Snowman Trek, Bhutan
Stunning Hiking Trails for the Best Outdoors Experience
1. The West Maroon Pass
United States hiking trails are some of the most breathtaking in the world. A few of them are also located in the state of Colorado.
The West Maroon Pass in Colorado spans a 12.7-mile stretch out and back hiking trail. It has a pass that brings you up to 12,480 feet of elevation.
This place is under the Maroon Bell’s Peak and considered to the most photographed peak in the United States. That alone speaks for itself.
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2. The Jewels Route
This 48-mile trek is in the western end of the Grand Canyon National Park. Ironically, Jewel’s Route has lighter crowds and boasts of turquoise Colorado River views and deep orange rocks.
3. Yoho National Park
North American National Parks You Have To See To Believe Photo by Danielle Penny [Kaplan International]The Yoho National Park is in British Columbia, Canada offers beautiful large lakes, hiking trails with waterfalls, and glaciers. The Burgess Shale, a fossil bed, is also nestled in this park. It boasts the best collection of rare fossil remains of prehistoric marine animals.
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4. The King’s Trail
Self-guided Hiking on the King’s Trail Photo by Nature Travels
With a total of 275 miles through four national parks and a nature reserve, the King’s Trail will take you about a month to finish. You will soak in some of the most beautiful landscapes in Sweden through this trail.
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5. North Coyote Buttes and the Wave
Stunning Arizona Hiking Spots You Need To See To Believe Photo by Hiking Feed
Only three hours away from Flagstaff, Arizona, North Coyote Buttes needs a permit if you want to hike through it. And with only 20 permits given daily, you’ll have to wait your turn.
You must make reservations four months in advance. But, it will surely be worth the wait because of the cross-bedded Aeolian Jurassic Navajo Sandstone formation that’s such a unique experience in itself.
6. Red Rock Canyon State Park Trails
Amazing Oklahoma State Parks You MUST See Photo by Ok Travel Family
The Red Rock Canyon State Park trails offer two nature trails and one challenging hiking trail. It also shows the historic California trail.
The giant red boulders that wall the corridors are still very impressive. Although it’s not a well-known state park, it’s great for family hiking.
7. The Natural Arches
Natural Rock Arches in Arches National Park Photo by My Utah Parks
This Utah hiking trail is one of the most popular havens for hikers. The main highlights of the Natural Arches in Utah are the 2,000-plus natural arches and red rock formations.
This magnificent landscape stands in a 73,000-acre desert area. You can also enjoy the ancient rock art, seen on a lot of these natural rock formations.
8. The Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
Kalalau Trail Photo by Na Pali Kauai [Guide of US Hawaii]The Kalalau Trail presents 11 miles of cliffs, valleys, mountains, rainforests, and waterfalls that will have even the most jaded backpacking enthusiast in awe.
You will be climbing as high as 4,000 feet across valleys and cliffs, which you can cover all in one day, actually.
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9. The Dragon’s Back Trail
Believe it, There’s Some Great Hiking HongKong Photo by Aida Ahmad [Star2]Reaching as high up to 284 meters, the Dragon’s Back trail offers jaw-dropping views. It’s classified as a moderate to easy hike, which traverses along the ridges of Shek O Peak to Wan Cham San in Hong Kong.
This trail has an estimated distance of 8.5 km full of ups and downs, with a wide view of the ocean. Named for its resemblance to a flying dragon, Time Magazine recognized it as one of the best urban hikes way back in 2004.
10. St. Mark’s Summit
St Mark’s Summit – Vancouver Hiking Trails Photo by Vancouver Trails
Soak up the amazing view when standing on the mouth of Howe Sound. St. Mark’s Summit is a picture of peace and tranquillity, with the mountains of Vancouver Island as a backdrop.
The view of the vast ocean with Anvil Island to the right and Bowen Island to the left is awe-inspiring. With a total distance of 11 km, St. Mark’s Summit is one of the easiest trails to tackle compared to its counterparts in the area.
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11. Ledges and Pine Grove Loops
Pine Grove & Forest Point Trails Photo by Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
This trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio has a figure 8 trail with a total distance of 4.1 miles. The beautiful scenery on Ledges and Pine Grove Loops is indescribable — you just have to experience it firsthand.
12. The Rocky Top Trail
Rocky Top Trail Photo by Smoky Mountains
The Rocky Top Trail is in an isolated valley called Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The 13.9-mile round trip hike passes through extraordinary landmarks, taking special note of Spence Field.
Once there, the scenic view of the three summits of Thunder Mountain will surely be worth the hike.
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13. The Rumbling Bald Mountain
Rumbling Bald Mountain Photo by Summit Post
This hiking destination offers an array of terrain around the Rumbling Bald Mountain in North Carolina. Passing through oak forests and rocky paths, you will see colossal cliff faces before reaching the cave.
You can also choose to head for Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. The latter was the setting for the film Last of the Mohicans.
14. The Bunker Meadows Trail
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Bunker Meadows Trail, Topsfield, MA Photo by Wellness [Be Well Boston]The Bunker Meadows Trail lies in the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield, MA. With a total distance of 12 miles, this trail cuts through wetlands, meadows, and forests of the North Shore.
Turtles, eastern bluebirds, and river otters are just among the many animals you might come across while taking the trail.
15. The Inca Trail, Peru
The Inca Trail, Peru Photo by Machu Picchu Gateway by MachuPicchu.org
Hikers will certainly be in high spirits as they pass through dense clouds, rocky ruins, tunnels, enchanting mountains, and a subtropical jungle.
The Inca Trail is one of the most popular among hikers around the world. The grand finale of this trail is when they get to see the “Lost City of the Incas.”
16. The Trail to Cerro Castillo Glacier
A Day Hike in Cerro Castillo National Reserve: Laguna Cerro Castillo Photo by Curiosity Travels
Situated in Patagonia, the hike takes about a day to get to the glacier and back. Despite the steep trail, the panoramic view of the black rock, multicolored hills, and the blue glacial lake is truly a sight to behold.
17. Awa Awaapuhi Trail
Awa Awaapuhi Trail – A World Class Kauai Hike From Mountains to Sea Photo by Makana Charter and Tours
This is the famous trail on the Na Pali, considered a world-class trail in Kauai, Hawaii. The Awa Awaapuhi Trail offers some of the most unbelievable views for a hiking project and a one-of-a-kind terrain.
18. Padar Island Trails, Komodo National Park, Indonesia
Hiking Padar Island: The Most Stunning View in Komodo Photo by Lindsay [Frugal Frolicker]The hiking trails in Padar Island, Komodo National Park boast the most scenic beautiful views. You will enjoy 180 degrees of nature’s whites, blues, and greens as you reach the summit of the tallest peak on the island.
19. Blue Lakes Trail, Colorado
Blue Lakes Trail Photo by Adam Stuart / All Trails
There are a lot of beautiful hiking trails in Colorado and the Blue Lakes trail is among the top destinations. The Blue Lakes Trail can bring you as high up as 13,000 ft with panoramic views of lakes and alpine meadows filled with wildflowers.
20. The Redwood Creek Trail, California
The Redwood Creek Trail Photo by Red Wood Hikes
Located in the Redwood National Park, the Redwood Creek Trail features the largest trees in the world, with some reaching up to 300 feet high. As one of the best day hikes in California, the trail has a length of about 15.4 miles and can peak up to 500 feet.
21. Buckskin Gulch, Paria Canyon, Kanab, Utah
Buckskin Gulch Paria Canyon Photo by Climb Utah
The Buckskin Gulch Paria Canyon trail is the deepest and longest slot canyon in the southwestern part of the United States.
Although considered to be a hard level trail, one will surely enjoy the view of sunlight peeking through the upper part of the rock walls.
22. The Snowman Trek, Bhutan
Snowman Trek Photo by Himalayan Expeditions
The Snowman Trek is an advanced-level trail, but definitely worth the endeavor because of the spectacular views of the pristine landscape. If you’re up to the challenge, pay this place a visit.
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Make sure you put at least some, if not all, of these amazing hiking trails on your bucket list. You can also find hiking trails near you from this list, first, then go on down your bucket list.
There’s nothing more satisfying than soaking up some of the most beautiful sights nature has to offer from dusk till dawn. It’s also a refreshing and practical way to use your survival skill in a fun and exciting way!
Have you taken your pick on which of these amazing hiking trails to explore next? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 6, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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