HIKING FOR FITNESS: 7 AMAZING U.S. TRAILS
Hiking isn’t only good for the body and helping you to stay in shape; it’s the perfect mind-body exercise. The heart, muscles and joints work differently during a hike compared to regular walking. The uneven trails take a lot of energy and your metabolic rate goes up. You burn more calories and become fit. To get you started, here are seven beautiful hiking trails perfect for both beginners and advanced adventurers:
1. Rubicon Trail, South Lake Tahoe
Get stunning views of Lake Tahoe and Emerald Bay while hiking the Rubicon Trail in California. Easily accessible and covering a variety of terrain, Rubicon Trail is a must. You’ll be amazed by the astounding views including the historic Vikingsholm Mansion. This is a summer favorite and a gem in California. The 8-mile hike will surely get you into shape. The best time to hike is between March and September.
2. Templeton Trail, Coconino National Forest
This scenic yet rocky Templeton trail in central Arizona will lead hikers to the lovely Oak Creek. It’s mostly unshaded, so wear sun protection if you’re visiting in the summer. You’ll be rewarded by the magnificent views this trail offers. The rocky section of Templeton Trail is a little challenging, but it’s great exercise.
3. Hoh River Trail, Olympic National Park
If you’re ever in Washington state, be enchanted by this mossy trail with wonderful campsites, lovely waterfalls, and the splendid Cougar Creek. The beauty of Hoh River Trail is overwhelming with it’s abundant flora and fauna. You can even hike to the spectacular Blue Glacier to get the most of this trail. With its mystical scenic views, Hoh River Trail certainly is something to look forward to.
4. Mist Trail, Yosemite National Park
You’ll never forget the two waterfalls hiking the Mist Trail. The two falls combined stand a stunning 900 feet! This remarkable trail at Yosemite Park in California is another must for hikers. You can hike up to five hours, but you won’t notice the time, as the phenomenal views are simply breathtaking. The difficulty is from easy to medium, depending on how far you go.
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5. Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park
Prepare for an exhilarating yet unforgettable experience hiking the Precipice Trail. This strenuous trail leading up Champlain Mountain is the perfect workout. You’ll be rewarded by incredible views on the way up and when you get to the top. The Precipice Trail is recommended for experienced hikers, yet it’s doable for a moderately fit person. It will be your highlight trip to the Acadia National Park on Maine’s Mount Desert Island. There will be several obstacles, but if you’re determined getting to the peak won’t be too difficult.
6. Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park
Hiking the 270 million-year-old layers of rock at the Zion Canyon in southwestern Utah will take you back to the Mesozoic Era. Although a little challenging, Angel’s Landing trail will blow you away. At first, it is mostly switchbacks, but you’ll find spectacular views of the Exit Glacier, the rivers and valleys. Hike two more miles to get to Marmot Meadows, a beautiful spot with the most spectacular view of the Exit Glacier. Best time to visit is anytime in the spring, summer and fall, as rain, snow, and ice collecting on the trail in winter can be dangerous.
7. Kalalau Trail
The epic hike you’ve been dreaming about is at Kalalau Trail on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. This trail is 22 miles long and surrounded by beautiful streams, valleys and astonishing sea cliffs. Beginners can hike the first two miles and get to the Hanakapi’ai Beach, one of the unspoiled beaches in Hawaii. To get to the impressive 300-foot waterfall, you’ll need to hike two more miles. This trail is abundant with the world’s natural wonders. You’ll never get enough of it.
Make hiking part of your fitness routine. It’s not only fun, but also a relaxing adventure. Being surrounded by nature offers several benefits both to the mind and body. With the trails we’ve suggested above, you get to enjoy the benefits of hiking and some truly jaw-dropping views.