Hiking is a very peaceful activity that can be done at any time of the year, but many people only like to hike when the weather is agreeable. This allows them to cover more ground quickly and not have to worry about getting stranded on the trail during storms or other inclement weather.
Here are 5 great hiking destinations along the West Coast:
- John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California
The John Muir Trail is 210 miles long and it is a fabulous place to hike when a person is looking for solitude. The scenery is breathtaking and hikers will find themselves amongst the High Sierra Mountains as they pass sequoias, granite cliffs, waterfalls, and lakes. This trail goes through three national parks, so anyone who wants to hike through as many national parks as possible will want to attempt this hike. The trail may be long, but the feelings that hikers will experience on it will be nothing short of amazing.
- Mount Constitution Loop in Moran State Park in Orcas Island, Washington
The hike up the trail on the 6.7-mile Mount Constitution Loop may be strenuous, but the views from the summit are spectacular. The additional height from climbing the stone tower will allow hikers to see the main shore in the distance as well as Mount Rainier and Mount Baker.
- Peralta to Fremont Saddle Loop in Arizona
This trail is not for hikers who would like to hike in complete solitude. The trail is approximately 4.9 miles long and there are dozens of people or more hiking at the same time. The popularity of the trail is evident as soon as a person pulls into the parking area. Not too many trails have a parking lot and an overflow lot. However, that just shows that this trail is too amazing to pass up. There are quite a few trees and other vegetation at the beginning of the trail, but as a person gets closer to Fremont Saddle, there is nothing but bare rocks. At the end of the trail, everyone can see Weavers Needle and many people will decide to take a detour and continue on their way to the Weavers Needle Overlook Ridge. This will add some distance and time on to the hike, but is completely worth it with the views.
- Panorama Ridge Hike in Squamish, British Columbia
This trail is 17.5 miles round trip and has too many panorama points of significance to count. Garibaldi’s Panorama Ridge is the one that is at the top of everyone’s list though and it is no wonder since the views are nothing short of fabulous. At the top of the ridge, people can see the lake below, mountains in the distance, and the clouds and the sky seem to float right in front of a person’s eyes.
- Pocaterra Cirque in Alberta, Canada
The Pocaterra Cirque Trail leads right to the Pocaterra Cirque which looks like a bowl under Mount Tyrwhitt. The trail is moderate in difficulty and it can take some time to complete the entire 4.4 miles. However, it can be done in a day easily. Anyone who is an experienced hiker will have no difficulty in continuing on their journey to Grizzly Col and returning to the beginning of the trail by the end of the day.
Hiking is a great activity for families and friends, because everyone can spend time together out in nature. If is a perfect way to spend a day together without technology, while enjoying picnic lunches and views that cannot be seen from anywhere else in the world.