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Our Favorite Great American Hikes

Dec 10, 2014 02:10PM ● By Ryan Frisch

Photo: Flickr/Scott McCracken

With 3 local spots included in USA Today's Great American Hikes: List of 20 Top Trails Across the USA, it'd be silly to not take advantage of what's in our backyard, so to speak. Here are the highlights including one from Vermont and one from New Hampshire.

Long Trail, Jay Peak Long Trail North - Jay, Vt. (pictured above)

"The oldest long-distance trail in the United States, it's rugged enough to keep any hiker interested, but the Jay Peak section is accommodating of beginners."

Franconia Ridge Traverse - White Mountain National Forest, N.H.

Connecting 4 peaks "
along a knife-edge, above-treeline trail" you'll see magnificent views in all directions including the entire Pemigewasset Wilderness and views of Vermont and even New York State on a clear day.

Photo: Flickr/Paul Ramos

Old Rag Mountain - Shenandoah National Park, Va.

"Just because this trail is one of the more popular hiking destinations in the U.S. doesn't mean it's an easy ascent. Aptly named for its rugged terrain strewn with boulder fields and bare rocks, the trail is 8 miles round-trip."

Photo: Flickr/Ryan Somma


The Hayduke Trail's Hurrah Pass, Arches National Park - Moab, Utah

"Advanced dessert hikers capable of tackling this treacherous trek will be rewarded for their hard work with sights of some of the most magnificent red rock views of the American Southwest."

Photo: Flickr/Ken Lund


The Lost Coast - California

"Named for it's tendency to be lost beneath California's tide, the trail is more than 20 miles, one way, with camping spots throughout, making it the perfect week-long challenge for the extreme hiker."
Photo: Flickr/Scrubhiker (USCdyer)


Snowmass Wilderness, Maroon Bells - Aspen, Colo.

"This spectacular view is said to be Colorado's most photographed mountain landscape, but the hikes are not to be overshadowed. Standing at more than 14,000 feet each, the six peaks draw scores of experienced hikers."
Photo: Flickr/Chad Weisser


Angels Landing - Zion National Park, Utah

"Begin by scaling cliffs with the help of chains bolted into rock and reach the best views. Red rock fans and dare devil hikers won't be able to pass on this journey."
Photo: Flickr/Joseph Dsilva


For the full list, click here.

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