Outside Shares the Best Hike in Every U.S. State

If you’re looking for some new places to go hiking in the United States this spring and summer, Outside magazine is here to help. The editors and staff at the mag have put together a definitive list of the best hike in each of the 50 states, offering their picks for the top trails across the country. That means, no matter where you in live in U.S. or where you might be visiting there, you can rest assured that you’ll find at least one good place to take a walk, although more than a few of these suggestions on the list are beyond epic.

Outside’s rundown includes the name of the trail, a photo from the location, and a brief description of what hikers can expect from the route. In most cases, a link to a website that offers more information is included in the description as well, making it easy for readers to plan their treks. In many cases, the entry for any given state offers just enough information to get us intrigued to learn more about the trail, particularly if we know we’re going to be in the area in the near future.

With so many trails to choose from on the list it would be difficult to spoil them all. That said, you’ll find everything from iconic and well known routes to lesser-visited hidden gems on the list. For instance, the top trail for Arizona comes as no surprise, with the Rim-to-Rim route in the Grand Canyon taking top honors. In California, the John Muir Trail unsurprisingly wins the honor, while in Hawaii it is the Kalalau Trail that gets the nod. Lesser known options include Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa and the Dawson-Pitamakan Loop in Montana’s Glacier National Park.

Chances are, no matter how much you’ve hiked and which states you’ve visited, there are probably still a few trails on this list that you’e yet to walk. To check out the entire line-up, head over to Outside Online and give it a look.

Kraig Becker