5 Most Beautiful Hiking Trails in the U.S.

Dec 01, 2014 | written by:

Travelling abroad is great, especially when you have an idea on how to do it in an eco-friendly manner. However, the United States is home to so many beautiful scenic landscapes, hiking is a beautiful hobby to participate in. We have chosen our top 5 most beautful hiking trails. Make sure to visit some of these when you get the chance!

1. Angel's Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

A 2.4 mile trail, Angel's landing is on our list due to its 1,488-foot rock formation with one of the most beautiful views of the West. Although it is only over a thousand feet, you are already above ground, putting you approximately 6,000 feet in elevation. This makes the hike a bit more thrilling, but make sure to pack enough water to stay hydrated!

 

2. Kalalau Trail, Hawaii 

Situated on the island of Kauai, this trail runs along the jagged Napali coast on the island for 11 miles! The hike goes through five different valleys, sea cliffs, tropical forests and secluded beaches, including a "secret beach" at the end. Here, a dirt path will lead you to a land full of mango, guava and plum trees, which are yours for the taking! 

 

3. Mooney Falls, Grand Canyon, Arizona

On the relative corner of the Grand Canyon, Mooney Falls is a 3 mile hike trail that leads through tunnels, and down iron ladders. Your reward? At the bottom is a breathtaking plunge pool against the red rocks. If that wasn't enough, it also features a garden of wild grape vines!

 

4. The Highline Trail, Montana

This hike follows the Continental Divide, but is mostly flat terrain, which allows you to see every mountain range and admire the glaciers and Lake McDonald from the bottom. This trail over 7 miles. 

 

 

5. Harding Icefield Trail, Kenai Fjors National Park, Alaska

This four mile hike is a steep climb from the floor, with views of stunning forests and meadows, and rises over the tree line so that you can admire the Harding Icefield, an enormous ice sheet that stretches roughly 300 square miles, with 40 glaciers sprawled through it. Although the views are absolutely breathtaking, be aware of bear safety because apparently this trail has plenty of black bears!

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