The Best Hiking Trails in the World
Dullness of everyday life got you down? . Seeing the splendor of nature can coax you out of that rut you’re in. Get inspired by the world’s most amazing hiking trails!
You don’t get to be called one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World if you’re “just mediocre”. The Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike lives up to its honorable name. This trail is not for the faint of heart as it includes a 14.3 mile trek down 6,000 feet to the bottom of the canyon followed by a 4,500 foot climb and a 9.6 mile hike back out to the South Rim. If you’re up for it, the beauty of the Grand Canyon is unmatched, and definitely a hike you should add to your bucket list!
Caution: You will get wet on this ride (err-- hike). The Narrows is the most popular hike in the Zion National Park, and gets its name from the narrowness of the trails. Much of the trail will actually require you to wade through an ankle-deep river (sometimes even waist-deep), so be sure to bring waterproof gear. Be sure to check out this beauty early in the morning to avoid crowds of fellow adventurers!
This unforgettable trail located in the Andes mountain range terminates in Machu Picchu, and typically takes hikers a good four to five days to complete. It spans 26 miles, and includes a lush cloud-forest, mountain scenery, jungle, and even Inca ruins and tunnels! The trails are also lined with beautiful natural orchids, adding vibrant color to the already stunning view.
Forty seven miles is no joke, but hikers that complete the West Coast Trail emerge with tails of grit (and satisfaction). You can expect to experience hip-deep waters, deep mud, wind, and rain. However, the beauty you will experience along the trail is unparalleled. If you intend to take the challenge, be sure to book well in advance. Spaces fill in January for May-September. (Image Credit)
Cotopaxi is the second highest mountain in Ecuador and the world’s third highest active volcano. This climb is icy, and requires crampons, ice axes, ropes, and Rowkin earbuds (OK, we’re kidding about the last one, but some epic adventure music wouldn’t hurt). It can be completed in 2 days, but it is not for the faint of heart. If you make it to the top, you have permanent bragging rights! (Image Credit)