Trail Guide

The 13 Best Hiking Trails in the World (Photos)

Summer is finally here! Take advantage of the beautiful weather and hike one of the world’s best trails.

We’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite hiking trails around the world, just in time for your spring and summer adventures. Time to lace up your boots and hit the trail.

 

by Laura Ratliff

The Narrows

Zion National Park, Utah

 

The Narrows trail follows the Virgin River for 16 miles through the breathtaking Zion Canyon. Prepare to get wet, but we think you'll agree—it's worth it.

 

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El Choro Inca Trail

Bolivia

 

While Machu Picchu Inca Trail gets most of the glory in South America, savvy travelers have started seeking out less-touristed routes. The four-day El Choro trek traverses a 15,000-foot pass.

Sentiero Azzuro

Cinque Terre, Italy

 

Everyone knows Cinque Terre for its stunning views and quaint seaside villages, but it's also home to the Sentiero Azzuro (or literally "Blue Trail") that connects the villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare.

Tour du Mont Blanc

Switzerland, Italy, and France

 

The Tour du Mont Blanc covers more than 100 miles and passes through three countries: Switzerland, Italy, and France. (The circuit is also home to the ultra-marathon event, Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. The winner usually finishes in about 20 hours.)

West Coast Trail

Vancouver Island, Canada

 

The 47-mile West Coast Trail was created in 1906 to save shipwreck survivors along the rocky west coast of Vancouver Island. Now the trail is so popular with hikers that it even has its own reservation system. The trail is open for hiking May 1 through September 30.

Appalachian Trail

United States

 

The 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia all the way to Maine, crossing through 14 states. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee (pictured here) is home to 71 miles of trail.

Santa Cruz Trek

Cordillera Blanca, Peru

 

The 30-mile Santa Cruz trek is one of the most popular routes in the Peruvian Andes. Beginning in the charming Peruvian town of Huaraz, the trek crosses the 15,580-foot Punta Union Pass.

Torres Del Paine

Chile

 

Torres del Paine might be one of the world's most popular trekking destinations, but it still earns a spot on our list for its icy glaciers, snow-covered mountains, crystalline lakes, and beautiful valleys. The ultra-ambitious can hike the Full Circuit—crossing the entire park—in nine days.

Kalalau Trail

Na Pali Coast, Hawaii

 

The Kalalau Trail is the only way to access this rugged section of Kauai's coastline. Those who make the 11-mile hike are rewarded with access to the secluded Kalalau Beach.

Tongariro Northern Circuit

New Zealand

 

The Tongariro Northern Circuit encircles Mount Ngauruhoe, New Zealand's most active volcano. In addition to craters and lava pits, hikers can also take in the scenic Emerald Lakes.

Bibbulmun Track

Torndirrup National Park, Australia

 

The Bibbulmun Track stretches for more than 600 miles along Western Australia's coast. The track, known for its mellow terrain, is particularly beautiful during autumn.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Tanzania

 

Even though it's more than 19,000-feet tall, Mount Kilimanjaro is billed as the "world's tallest walkable mountain," and with good reason—the peak requires no technical mountaineering skills to summit.

Israel National Trail

Israel

 

The Israel National Trail winds its way 600 miles across Israel, from the Lebanese border all the way to the Red Sea in the south.