Possibly, you are planning for another beach getaway. But instead, you should pay closer attention to your adventurous side. The United States has many snowcapped peaks, towering volcanoes, jagged cliffs and verdant forests. Therefore, you should know that there is no better time than the present to wear your boots and start hitting the trails. The following are the best places for a hiking trip in the United States based on opinions of experts and other travelers.
New England has numerous trails which reward visitors with unforgettable unique landscape views that include green forests, mountain ranges, rivers, lakes and the Atlantic coast, which give an opportunity to experience shorter scenic strolls to heroic hiking adventures. You can head to the western part of New England to see the Kent Waterfalls which is known to be the crown jewel of Connecticut state Parks. The area offers two hiking trails that boast beautiful views particularly in autumn and it’s perfect for picnic lunch.
The Colorado trail stretches for around 500 miles from Denver to Durango. It travels through prominent Colorado Rocky Mountains among peaks with creeks, lakes and diverse ecosystem. While hiking in the trial, you will experience eight mountain ranges which tops out at 13,334 feet and six wilderness areas. Mix in some fishing and kayaking on your hiking and camping trip for the best experience.
Hawaii is widely known for the Kalalau Trail which is also the access point to Kauai, which is located on Hawaii’s rugged northern shore. The Kalalau trail runs fro around 11 miles. It takes a challenging entire day to complete a single way. For the fit backpackers, it is a rollercoaster trail dream comes true mainly because the trail climbs along cliff edge, drops down through a lush tropical forest and also bottoms out at the sea level at Kalalau and Hanakapi’ai beaches. Mostly, day hikers choose to hike the first two miles from trailhead situated at Ke’e Beach to the Hanakapiai Beach. But if you would like better views you should push on. You will trek through this trail’s five major valleys until you have finished at the Kalalau Beach.
The Laguna Loop in California is a moderate/easy grassland 5 mile trail which is perfect for people desiring to hike with their kids. The trail rings miles of coastal shrubs and dunes just in the north of San Francisco. Furthermore, it intersects with some other trails such as the Coast Trail and the Fire Trail, that gives you a chance of lengthening your hike if you need beach access.
Have you ever done traverse shuttle hike there before? If not, Tillamook Head Traverse Hike in Oregon is a better starting place. The trail runs around 3.6 miles one way. However, you should be ready for an overgrown trail and Pacific Northwest mud bath in some areas. You can choose to start your hike at the Indian Beach Trailhead in Oregon’s Ecola State Park and end the hike at Tillamook Head Trailhead south of seaside which is around 80 miles northwest of Portland. This hike climbs around 900 feet, level off and then descends into Indian Beach.
Tawas Point State Park extends from the upper side of Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron on Michigan eastern coast. The trail is unofficially the Midwestern Cape Cod due to unique sand dunes that act as mid migration landing platforms for the birds every spring and fall. The entire trail takes around 70 minutes to hike. You should carry binoculars if one of your goals is to watch birds.