Trail Guides

If you're looking to get out on a beautiful hiking trail or explore a national park, North America boasts an embarrassment of riches. In this section you can find guides for hiking some of the most popular trails, parks and wilderness areas in the United States and Canada.


Yosemite National Park is a beautiful place to visit and take in nature's beauty. It's also enormous, with many places to hike. What's your best bet for a Yosemite adventure?

As the tallest peak in the continental United States, Mount Whitney is one of the major accomplishments a hiker can check off his list. What's there to do if you're thinking of conquering the most popular peak in the Sierra Nevada?

There's grizzly bears in them there hills -- not to mention elk, bison, coyotes and black bears. There's also adventure around just about every bend in our guide to hiking America's first national park.

Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park is one of the most stunning and popular sites in the U.S. That means you have to do a little extra planning if you want to see what the trail has to offer.

It's one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. But the Grand Canyon isn't just a curiosity or a bucket-list item for the American traveler: It's also a world-class hiking and adventure destination.

The West Coast Trail in British Columbia is considered one of the world's most scenic trails. But what exactly makes this hike so special?

This adventure has it all – water, canyons, mountains and gorges. Even hanging gardens. You'll enjoy squeezing your way through the Zion Narrows.

The original long-distance hiking trail, the Long Trail has been lovingly preserved by the Green Mountain Club for decades. What can you see on this breathtaking but rugged hike?

The John Muir Trail (JMT) in the western U.S. spans three states and three national parks. Its sheer size and beauty makes it one of the most popular hikes in the U.S. What makes it such a great hike?

The pink rattlesnake, the chuckwalla and the ponderosa pine populate this trail. So do some really gorgeous views of the Grand Canyon. What else makes this route unique?

Although much of Northern California is relatively flat, there's one point that rises above and can be seen from miles away. Mount Shasta has been a hiker's dream for years -- how do you get to the top?

Although Bear Mountain is a popular state park that is part of the Appalachian Trail, the area was once set aside as a prison. Today, the trails offer beautiful views of the Hudson River.

As far as mountain trails go, the Colorado Trail might win the award for most varied -- its terrain ranges from snowy mountains to lush meadows, and hikers of all different kinds of experience will find something suitable.

Memorialized by the Hudson River School painters during the 19th century, the Catskill Mountains have been a favorite of hikers for years. But did you know that they're not even really mountains?

Only about 30 people are said to thru-hike the Continental Divide Trail each year. So what makes it such a challenge?

The Smoky Mountains have a misty, otherworldly quality about them that makes them unforgettable. What better way to enjoy their charms than hiking? Our guide will get you started.

One of the most breathtaking spots in North America, the Adirondacks offers plenty of hiking trails rife with natural beauty and important history.

What other park has such an abundance of these tall sequoias but Sequoia National Park? And that's not the only beauty you can see.

The highest park in the U.S., Rocky Mountain National Park is known for snow-capped peaks even in summer and the Continental Divide. What else can you see?

Trailblazing means forging your own path to discovery, but in the wilderness, the word refers to marking your hiking trail for others to follow. Trail markers are like a secret language that hikers use to find their way, but it's pretty easy to learn.

More people have scaled Everest than thru-hiked the Pacific Crest. That's because this trail is a beast. Do you think you could blaze it?

The Palm Springs desert may conjure images of impossibly expensive land and well-kept golf courses, but it also provides beautiful and challenging terrain for the perfect hike just minutes from the cities and suburbs.

Renowned naturalist John Muir once called the Sierra Nevada Mountains the "range of light," referring to the play of light on the exposed granite of the peaks. What other natural wonders await you on a hiking excursion in eastern California?

Stunning views from the summit of Black Cap Mountain have long drawn hikers to the eastern New Hampshire's Green Hills, but there's also plenty to be seen along the way to the top.

Thinking of hiking the Appalachian Trail? Our guide has everything you need to know before you take those first important steps.