It’s not easy to pinpoint a single reason why trekking is popular amongst people these days, but the tremendous rise in the number of trekkers in the past few years is proof enough that the outdoor activity is fast attracting a lot of adventure seekers regardless of their age. The whole idea of going out into the wild, walking on the rocky trails for miles and testing one’s physical and psychological limitations seems to be something that a lot of people are willing to try for reasons that could vary from having fun to overcoming physical obstacles. Trekking for someone could be just walking through wilderness to take a break out of their monotonous life, or going on difficult paths for miles to test their physical endurance. Besides these, there are also people who do this for no reason other than the adrenaline rush. A person could train for months to prepare their body for a long trek that is miles long and takes days to cover, carry with them the best equipment and gear to help them on the journey, but no amount of preparation can come close to the real thing when you’re out there facing real hurdles and challenging yourself to push through.
So if you are planning to trek, rest assured for US has a lot of places to offer to meet the requirements of the various adventure seekers! Here is a list of 5 places that you can go for a good trekking experience in the USA.
1. John Muir Trail, California
This 215 miles long trail begins in Yosemite Park and ends at Mount Whitney at 14,496 feet. An average fit person can complete this trail in about 30 days. There’s no doubt that planning is a must and you should be prepared in advance with the reservations and permits.
2. Angel’s Landing, Zion National Park, Utah
A five mile trek that you can complete in a day, the Angel’s Landing Trail is the most exciting trail in the National Park system. It is a narrow rock path with drops on both sides; no wonder it has been crowned as the ‘most’ thrilling. The last half mile is the best part of the trek because of the breathtaking views.
3. Appalachian Trail, East Coast United States
This 2200 miles long marked trail is probably the most invigorating and testing trail in the country. Snaking its way through 14 US states, it is the longest hiking trail in the world; interestingly, the major part of the trail consists of forest cover. People who attempt to complete this trail train for months in advance in order to achieve the physical benchmarks that the trail demands.
4. Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Located near the Colorado river, this park has over 2000 natural sandstone arches. It has an area of about 190 miles and is a favourite amongst trekkers because of its scenic beauty. Fairly easy trek and the picture perfect views that can be seen throughout its path will certainly make it a completely worthwhile experience.
5. The Highline Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana
This beautiful hiking trail is approximately 7.6 miles long that goes from Logan pass to The Granite Chalet, and continues further 11.9 miles to Fifty Mountain Campground. For most part of its length, the trail follows The Garden Wall that is covered with dozens of species of flowers and shrubs.