Every morning this past week I have woken up with a smile on my face. If you know me personally you know that this is a very rare thing. Typically, I awake with a grumble and a frown. Why the sudden change? No, I’m not on drugs. I am waking up a happy woman because spring is making her debut! Spring, the season for barbeques, camping, hiking etc! I have compiled a hiking bucket list of sorts. It is short, is in no particular order, but I think it’s a great start. . .
- The Zion Narrows, Utah, United States – If you love red walled canyons and don’t mind getting wet, this hike sounds amazing! This hike is great for both the extreme and the timid. For an easier time, start at the bottom and turn back when you’ve reached your limit. If you’re looking for high adventure, do the entire 16-mile trek with the option of making it an overnight trip. Here’s more information on hiking the Zion Narrows.
- Torres del Paine Circuit, Chile – Want a variation in landscape? This is the hike for you! Be prepared for climate extremes but don’t be afraid of them. Think of it as an indicator that you are going to experience something incredible! Go here for the full scoop on hiking the Torres del Paine Circuit, Chile.
- Machu Picchu, Peru – Do I really need to give you a reason why this is on my list? Yeah, didn’t think so. This would be my ideal way to hike to Machu Picchu, you get to ride horseback, zip line, and climb your way from Cusco to Machu Picchu! Done, sold, who’s buying my ticket . . . ?
- Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii – This hike along the Na Pali coastline is so lush that you’re going to want to take your time, and you should. Just because this trail is gorgeous doesn’t mean it is for the timid, it has moments when it leans on the treacherous side. That being said, are you really going to allow a few inclines dissuade you from experiencing this feast for your eyes? Yes, I just said a feast for your eyes. Follow this link to find out more about hiking the Kalalau Trail.
If mountain trails aren’t your thing, here’s a list of “8 of the Most Unique Walking Paths in the World” from our friends at bootsnall.com. Don’t want to stop at trails and paths? Here’s a list of countries you can walk across! And finally, for an incredible list of trails around the world, including many in your own back yard, check out the incredible search tool at www.trails.com.
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