Climb That Mountain: Unmissable Hiking Destinations In The USA
America has always been a land of frontiers, even since the first settlers made their way over the West coast. And now that the summer’s here, it’s the perfect time to relive some of that thrill and magic yourself. Continental America offers some of the best, if not the best, hiking destinations in the world. Thanks to its rugged terrain, enormous trees, and wildlife, it’s the perfect location. So what’s on offer here?
West Maroon Creek, Colorado
Colorado is famously an outdoor state. And so it should come as no surprise that this is also an excellent destination for hiking. The West Maroon Creek trail is around 10 miles in length. But don’t let the shortness of the trek fool you. You’ll be heading through the Rockies, climbing and descending as you go. You’ll need to find the right pack for the journey, since out here, you’ll be many miles from phone signal and civilization. Remember, lightweight backpacks that are ideal for long-distance backpacking and hiking.
The trail itself passes through what are known locally as the dreamscapes of Crested Butte and Aspen. During the summer, wildflowers come out to bloom and line the path and the valley, creating stunning vistas. If you travel here, make sure to check out the Limelight Hotel. This is the main starting location for the trail and a fantastic place to visit in itself.
Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjords, Alaska
If you’ve ever wanted to go trekking in harsh winter conditions, Kenai Fjords in Alaska is the place to do it. Because of the conditions, the trail isn’t long. It’s only four miles. But during the trek, you’ll climb quickly and have amazing views over the meadow below. The main feature of the site is the enormous Harding glacier that’s over 300 square miles in size. As you emerge from the forest, you’ll get fantastic views of the glacier and an opportunity to take photos. Just watch out for black bears. They love it around here.
Angels Landing, Utah
Utah is home to some of America’s most jaw-dropping red rock canyons. And Angels Landing is among the finest. The Angels Landing trail is only 2.4 miles long. But it’s partially carved into the red rock of the canyon itself. The trail starts by the Virgin River and then climbs through a series of switchbacks. The path comes equipped with chain grips for extra safety. And you’ll need them. Once you get to the top, the views of the valley below are both stunning and terrifying. In the summer, temperatures can rise into the 90s. So make sure you pack plenty of water.
Mooney Falls, Arizona
It’s always nice to have an objective or a destination when you’re on a hike. And the Mooney Falls waterfall provides just that. You’ll start from the Hualapai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon district. As you approach the waterfall, you’ll start descending through tunnels, climbing down ladders as you go. The waterfall itself is hidden down in a natural amphitheater, below the main plain of the canyon. It’s still over 200 feet high and falls into a serene, turquoise pool.