The 50 Best Trails in the U.S.

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Men’s Journal has returned with yet another impressive list today, this time dealing the 50 best trails in the U.S. As the intro to the story says, trails are a gateway to the wilderness, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re going by foot, snowshoes, cross-country skis, mountain bike, or some other mode of transportation, a good trail will make you forget about the destination and simply enjoy the journey.

The trails that make the list are ones that provide solitude, scenery, and the chance to commune with nature. They vary in length from just a few miles to hundreds, and they are found all over the country, from Maine to California, and practically every place in between. Making your way through the list, you’ll discover great places to go hiking, backpacking, and trail running, not to mention mountain biking too.

Some of the routes that make the cut are famous and well known to anyone who loves the outdoors. Others are a bit more obscure, which only adds to their appeal. In each case, MJ includes a paragraph explaining why this particular trail earned a spot on their list, with a brief description of what makes it unique and appealing.

With 50 total trails to read about it is difficult to spoil too many places that you’ll find here. But some of the paths that get the nod include the Hundred Mile Wilderness in Maine, West Maroon Pass in Colorado, and Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park in Utah. This is just a sample of course, and chances are – no matter where you live – one of these trails is close by.

To see which other routes made the cut check out the whole list here.

Kraig Becker