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.

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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?

By John Kelly

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?

By Jane McGrath

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.

By Chris Opfer

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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.

By Ed Grabianowski

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?

By Mark Boyer

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

By Colleen Cancio

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?

By Becky Striepe

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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?

By Allison Wachtel

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?

By Christine Venzon

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?

By Laurie L. Dove

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.

By Jane McGrath

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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.

By Brian Boone

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?

By Jane McGrath

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

By Mark Boyer

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.

By Gerlinda Grimes

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

By Brian Boone

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.

By Colleen Cancio

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?

By Becky Striepe

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.

By Allison Wachtel

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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?

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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.

By Jacob Clifton

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?

By John Kelly

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.

By Chris Opfer

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

By Mark Boyer

The Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma are known for their peaks, hiking trails and natural beauty. What else would you see during a trip through the Wichita Mountains?

By Ed Grabianowski