Behind the Outdoorsy brand are a lot of outdoorsy folks — which makes writing blogs like this pretty easy. Selfishly, I reached out to said folks about their favorite trails to add to a bucket list of my own. Lucky for you, however, I like to share!
So, without any further introduction, here are the best hikes across the lands — as recommended by Outdoorsy.
In White River National Forest, Conundrum Creek Trail is an 18-mile out-and-back trail. The difficult hike is made especially worth it by Conundrum Hot Springs, in all its 100° F glory within the 181,976-acre Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.
Highly recommend the hike to Conundrum Hot Springs in early fall (after the summer crowds, but before the winter snowfall). It’s absolutely gorgeous – and what’s better than being rewarded by hot springs after a day of hiking?April, PR Manager at Outdoorsy
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One of the best trails? Santa Elena Canyon Trail. This 1.5-mile trail takes you through the 1,500-foot cliffs that form the canyon wall and is a good one for all skill levels.
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This dog-friendly hike is a Quebec favorite. Climb to the top of Mont Pinacle, a 2.7-mile trek, for a stunning view of Lyster Lake and the surrounding mountains.
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The massive cliff face, known as the Chief, is one of North America’s largest granite monoliths. It is divided into three peaks all accessible from the main Chief Hiking Trail in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.
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An approximately 2-mile trail leads up the face of Grouse Mountain. Doesn’t seem too bad, right? Well, not to scare you, it is widely known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.” It was first developed in 1981 by mountaineers looking for a challenging workout that would help sustain them for longer hikes.
If you feel like dying, the Grouse Grind in Vancouver is an option. I don’t have a photo because I quite literally thought it was going to be the end of me!Kate, Listing Coach Team Lead at Outdoorsy
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Arethusa Falls is a more than 100-foot waterfall in Crawford Notch State Park. The trail to the Falls will take you on a rocky climb to multiple waterfalls. And, rumor has it, the fall foliage is a breathtaking sight.
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A gorgeous hike with an Ozark Mountain backdrop, Butterfield Trail in Devil’s Den State Park runs 15.6 miles. Over 10 miles leads through Ozark National Forest — a gorgeous site for any season.
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The 6-mile Misery Ridge and Summit Trail Loop in Smith Rock State Park boast great views at every turn. And, if you’re a bird watcher, you may even catch a glimpse of bald eagles and blue herons.
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Headed to Yosemite National Park? Make sure to take the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls. Climb what has been called nature’s “giant staircase” to get up close and personal with the rushing water.
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The only multi-use trail in Mount Magazine State Park, Huckleberry Mountain Horse Trail is perfect for hikers, bikers, and horse riders alike. There are 37.3 miles to meander around whether on horseback or foot.
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The Joffre Lakes trail is about 7 miles of natural beauty, taking you bast the upper, middle, and lower alpine lakes. You can also head to the campsite at Upper Joffre Lake where you can camp with a view of Matier Glacier.
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There are about 11 miles of trails at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. The most iconic of them all? The Summit. Hike the summit at sunrise or sunset for a stellar view of rock formations from the dome.
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Take a hike!
Pack your hiking backpack, lace up your boots, and hit the trails. These 12, and many many more, await!