Why not get outside this Labor Day Weekend and make the most of the extra time off by adding another day’s activities to your hiking or camping trip! We’ve picked out some of the best hiking routes in the US to help you explore new places and create your own adventure.
With so much to see and some of the most impressive views in the world, why not start your week off with some excitement!
1. Mount Herman, Colorado (FREE)
Length: 3.35 miles
By Bryan Ritchie
This climb takes you up a defined trail with little difficulty. Once you reach the top there are stunning views of rolling hills, Pikes Peak and Almagre Mountain, not forgetting the views of Eagle and Spruce Mountain and blue skies stretching across the landscape on clear days.
Best for: View lovers
2. Green Valley Trial, California ($)
Length: 3.65 miles
By Menasha Ridge Press
A California-based hiking route in the historic setting of the Sierra Nevada foothills. This route takes you past the North Fork American River and through the Monte Vista Green Valley. Based at the widest point of the North Fork Canyon, you’ll be rewarded with wide views of natural beauty and stunning greenery.
Best for: Natural beauty lovers
3. Bardwell Lake, Texas ($)
Length: 5.58 miles
By Menasha Ridge Press
This route takes you through grassy meadows for a rewarding, flat hike. Travelling along the Bardwell Lake you really get to see the beauty of Texas. On your return you’ll loop back round along woodlands and greenery with the option to extend your hike if feeling adventurous!
Best for: Flat hikers
4. West Rim Trail, Utah (FREE)
Length: 13.86 miles
By Benjamin Ries
This tough route takes you through the impressive Zion National Park. Beginning near Lava Point, you pass Cabin Spring and then plunge down to the Zion Canyon. Follow the trail along scenic routes for remarkable views of the canyon and its surroundings.
Best for: Impressive sights
5. Porcupine Creek to North Dome, California (FREE)
Length: 7.33 miles
By John Sims
This is a well-marked route with a few creek crossings. Thanks to the absence of crowds, there are plenty of chances to enjoy the views in a peaceful environment, including the North Dome and the Half Dome across the valley along with sights of Nevada Falls and Glacier point.
Best for: Quiet hikers