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Top Five US Hiking Trails

Fall is my favorite time of year to hike not only because the air is cooler so you don't have to worry about overheating or sweaty feet causing blisters, but also because of the gorgeous Fall foliage. According to, there are at least 10 trails in the US everyone should hike. Here are the highlights of five of their recommendations, listed in no particular order.

  1. Glacier Gorge — Estes Park Colorado
    The scenery, wildflowers, waterfalls, and alpine lakes are some of the most beautiful on the planet. It’s a photographer's dream.
  2. The Bright Angel Trail — Grand Canyon, Arizona
    If you've never been hiking in the Grand Canyon before, this is the place to start. The Bright Angel Trail is one of the two superhighways of the Grand Canyon, the other being the South Kaibab Trail. Both of these trails are well maintained and offer some spectacular views of the Canyon.
  3. The Tahoe Rim Trail — Lake Tahoe, California and Nevada
    The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the world’s premier trails. It passes through two states (California and Nevada), six counties, one state park, three National Forests, and three wilderness areas.
  4. Half Dome — Yosemite, California
    This special spot was an inspiration to Ansel Adams because of its magnificent wildlife, dainty flowers, and towering trees.
  5. Enchantment Traverse — Seattle, Washington
    Considered the best hike in Washington, Enchantment offers a super diverse 30 miles. From easy wide flats to steep, rough areas, the hard fought permit is well worth the effort . . .

To check out the other five trails that make the top 10, check out TrailTV's full list.


Join The Conversation
Beaner Beaner 8 years
I just hiked Mt. Mansfield in VT. Definitely recommend it this time of year. the autumnal foliage was amazing.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I live in SC, so I'm not close to any of those listed, but we do have some beautiful state parks around here!
syako syako 8 years
we've been going to estes park for the past four to five years now every winter and summer. Glacier gorge and most trails in the Rocky Mountain Park are SPECTACULAR.
kia kia 8 years
Yay, I live near #1, I should check it out before the snows begin. I've been on 2-4. Lovely, a bit congested at times... especially Half Dome! But still worth it for the scenery.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
#5 is amazing.
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