Thrilling American Hikes You Need to Take This Summer

By Diana Gerstacker

Summertime is marked by long days in the sun, warm fire-side nights and—if you’re like us—some incredible hikes.

There’s nothing more liberating than lacing up your hiking boots and taking on a challenging trail in the height of summer. Heading up to new heights with nothing but a light pack is an incredible feeling, matched only by the breathtaking views from the top. We know that it’s not quite summer yet, but hopefully this sampling of epic trails from around the U.S. will inspire some trips and treks in the coming months.

Whether you’re a beginner who just got your first pair of trail shoes or you’re a seasoned pro who’s taken on some impressive thru hikes, this list of hikes should offer enough challenge for the most skilled trekker and most should be accessible enough for most beginners.

Before you plan your summer vacations, check out these 10 hikes that are more than worth your while.

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