This list is my subjective ranking of the best hikes that I have been on. The hikes included and their order is evolving as I visit more places. I consider #1 to be the best of the best and the last to be an excellent hike worthy of inclusion on this list. There are many more that I almost included but didn't.
I have tried to limit this list to trips that can be done in one day or less, are nontechnical, and follow designated trails or well established routes. Nevertheless, they range widely in difficulty and length from 100 yards to 12+ miles.
|The trail to Angel's Landing, Zion National Park, Utah|
2. Mount Katahdin via Knife Edge - Baxter State Park, Maine
3. South Kaibab Trail - Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
4. Borah Peak - Salmon-Challis National Forest, Idaho
5. The 27 Waterfalls of the Rio Damajagua - Dominican Republic
6. The Precipice Trail - Acadia National Park, Maine
7. Outer Mountain Loop - Big Bend National Park, Texas
8. Queens Garden/Navajo Loop - Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
9. Rim Trails
a. Grand Cayon National Park, Arizona
b. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
|A lake below Thompson Peak, Idaho|
10. Thompson Peak - Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho
11. Devil's Garden Loop - Arches National Park, Utah
12. Grinnell Glacier Trail - Glacier National Park, Montana
13. McKittrick Canyon - Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas.
14. Observation Point - Zion National Park, Utah
15. Hyndman Peak - Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho
16. Presidential Range - White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
17. Kit Carson Peak - Sangre de Cristo Range, Colorado
18. Natural Entrance & Big Room - Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
19. Sipapu & Kachina Bridges - Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
20. The Subway - Zion National Park, Utah
21. Upper Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
|Presidential Range, New Hampshire|
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