Best Hiking Trails
H is for Hiking Trails
For the letter H, I decided to focus on hiking trails [both longer and shorter] that I dream of being able to complete one day. These are just some of the few that are on my list. Looks like I’ll be doing a hell of a lot of walking my future.
The Pacific Crest Trail [PCT] is one of the three that make up the Triple Crown of hiking and I fully intend to thru hike it one day. I’m shooting for within the next couple years but we’ll have to see how things work out.
Where – From the U.S./Mexico border to the U.S./Canada border on the edge of Manning Park in B.C., Canada. The park runs through California, Oregon, and Washington states.
Distance – 2,663 miles
The second trail that’s included in the Triple Crown of hiking is the Appalachian Trail [AT]. While the PCT is on the west coast, this trail is over in my neck of the woods and just as appealing to me as the PCT.
Where – The AT extends between Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail passes through Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virgina, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Conneticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Distance – 2,200 miles
The third and final of the Triple Crown in hiking – the Continental Divide. This is the least common of the three – only about two dozen people attempt to thru hike this a year.
Where – Extends between Mexico and Canada following along the Continental Divide of the Americas along the Rocky Mountains passing through Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Distance – 3,100 miles
The John Muir Trail [JMT] is a trail located in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California – passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks.
Where – From Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney. About 160 miles of the trail follows the same route as the PCT.
Distance – 210.4 miles
El Camino de Santiago
Also known as the Way of St. James is the pilgrimage route to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. There are many different routes but the Camino Frances is the most popular (leaving from France).
Where – From the foothills of the Pyrenees in France to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.
Distance – 490 miles
Pacific Northwest Trail
The Pacific Northwest Trail [PNT] runs horizontal where the three trails that make up the Triple Crown run vertical and the PNT actually connects with the Continental Divide Trail.
Where – Runs from the Continental Divide in Montana through Idaho, to the Pacific coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Passes through the Rocky Mountains, Selkirk Mountains, Pasayten Wilderness, North Cascades, Olympic Mountains and Wilderness Coast – through three National Parks and seven National Forests.
Distance – 1,200 miles
The Florida Trail is one I hadn’t heard much about until recently but it is one of eleven National Scenic Trails in the United States.
Where – Runs from Big Cypress National Preserve (between Miama and Naples) to Fort Pickens in Pensacola Beach.
Distance – 1,000 miles
Mount Kailish Pilgrimage, Tibet
Every year, thousands of people make the pilgrimage to Kailish believing that circumambulating Mount Kailish on foot will bring good fortune.
Where – Mount Kailash is a peak in the Kailas Range in Tibet.
Distance – 32 miles
Laugavegunnin/Fimmvorounals Pass, Iceland
This trail takes you through lava fields, glacial streams, hot springs, and mountains. A diverse paradise if you ask me.
Where – Skogar, Southern Highlands, Iceland to Thorsmork
Distance – 34 miles (50 miles with Fimmvorounals extension)
North Country Trail
The longest of the eleven National Scenic Trails is the North Country Trail [NCT].
Where – Spans from Crown Point in New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in North Dakota, United States. Passes through New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota.
Distance – 4,600 miles
Te Araroa Trail
The Te Araroa Trail offers coastlines, mountains, jungles, farmland, volcanoes and national parks all in one trail.
Where – New Zealand. Covers the entire country from Cape Regina in the north to Bluff in the South.
Distance – 1,894 miles
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
One of the most famous treks in the world covers mountains, cloud-forests, jungles and lots of Incan ruins all leading to Machu Picchu – ‘Lost City of the Incas.’
Where – Peru, South America
Distance – 26 miles
Have you completed any of these trails or dream of completing them? What others would you add to the list?
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