5. Pacific Crest Trail: This is the most scenic route stretching the 2,650 miles from Canada to Mexico. It's hard to visit more places by exploring a trail than what this trail has to offer - three states, seven national parks, 24 national forests, and over 1,000 lakes.
4. John Muir Trail: Plan this hike between June and September, otherwise the snow might stop you in your path. This 211-mile trek parallel to the Pacific Crest never drops below 8,000 feet. Climbing this trail through the Sierra Mountains brings great rewards in nature's beauty with hundreds of lakes, canyons, peaks, and granite cliffs to admire.
3. Glacier National Park: Montana's National Park offers hikers of all skill levels over 730-miles of marked boundaries to venture out in. The trails boast impressive lakes, mountain peaks, and an abundance of wildlife, but of course the main attraction are the glaciers. But glacier lovers beware, the remaining 26 aren't expected to last past 2020.
2. Mount Whitney: To climb one of the tallest mountain peaks in America, get ready to make a 22-mile trip. And just because it's only three hours from Los Angeles doesn't mean this hike is not rugged! Navigating rivers, slick boulders, and snow fields are just some of the early tests!
1. Denali National Park: Of course, no hiking list is complete without an Alaskan adventure. Don't expect to see any trails or marking here, it's all about experiencing the true backcountry, whatever terrain and wildlife that may come with.