Now that lockdown restrictions are beginning to ease in the United States of America, this spells good news for those of you who love to get out and go on a hike. Though you were still able to go out on a walk as part of your exercise, nothing quite beats the thrill of going hiking in some of the most beautiful places in the USA.
For most people, the idea of finding mountain hiking trails appeals to them more than any other type of hike. However, it is just one of many different types of hiking trails that exist. This is because of the fantastic scenery that they can enjoy, as well as the different places that they will have the chance to experience.
So, without further ado, let us learn more about some of the best hiking trails in the US.
Observation Point, Utah
The first hiking trail that is known to be popular amongst hikers is a place called Observation Point, which is located in the Zion National Park in Utah. At an impressive height of 2,000 feet from the canyon floor, hikers will be able to enjoy the views that they will be blessed with during this eight-mile round trip. Many of its hikers are impressed by how it has been carved into the sandstone wall, something that you may not see often on hikes. Walking over smooth rock, those of you who decide to hike on this wonderful trail will love the view of landmarks such as the Red Arch Mountain, Angels Landing and the Great White Throne.
John Muir Trail, California
If you fancy a long hike, this 211-mile walk along the John Muir Trail in California is a must for those of you who want to push yourselves to the absolute limit. Navigating steep passes, alpine meadows, lakes and more, this popular hiking destination really does have it all. Depending on how keen of a hiker you are, you will know that it is best to travel there between the months of July and October. This is so you can avoid the snow and any accidents that may come with these treacherous conditions. Let’s not forget about this trail being the most beautiful attraction of the Pacific Crest Trail in that the weather is relatively mild and sunny. Some would say that this is the best type of weather for a hike.
Mount Rogers, Virginia
If you have ever been a visitor to Virginia, you will know that its highest peak rises to a level of approximately 5,728 feet, and that this is located near the North Carolina border in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With the hike commencing at the Massie Gap, you will find that it is a 4.5-mile hike to the top, in which you will be mainly following the Appalachian Trail. Those of you who are lucky enough to hike this trail, which has a level of moderate in terms of difficulty, will enjoy the experience of watching wild ponies graze on the mountaintop meadows the further down the trail you go.
Penobscot and Sargent Mountains, Maine
Located in the mesmerizing Acadia National Park, hikers will be subjected to several summits, rocky scrambles, as well as crystal clear ponds that will impress anyone who lays their eyes upon them. Ranging at 5.4 miles, this trail starts and ends at the same place – Jordan Pond House. Many hikers like to make the most of this vicinity after completing the course. Though this hiking route has a lot to offer those who decide to complete this one-day event, the most impressive feature of all is that there is water on three sides, thus capturing the panoramic view of the entire Down East Coast. So, if you want to hike somewhere that not only has amazing attractions, but also great views, this is definitely a hiking trail that you must add to your list.
Tongue Mountain Loop, New York
If you have ever wanted to see and capture the beauty that is New York, hiking around the Tongue peninsula is definitely something that you should get your teeth stuck into. Though it is approximately 13 miles long, the awe-inspiring views of the lake and its surrounding islands will be all the power you need to make it through the hike unscathed. If you are looking to have more of a workout, you should walk north to south and up the three 1,500-foot summits. However, all this effort is worth it as you will feel much better for doing so when you reach the water at the Tongue’s tip – Montcalm Point.
Though there are many more mountain hiking trails that hikers can try across the United States of America, these are just some of them. And now that restrictions are beginning to decrease, and life is starting to return to normal once more, it has never been a more perfect time to start hiking across these amazing trails.