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Fall into Fitness: 6 Top Hiking Trails across America to Tackle This Fall

You can feel it in the air - the fall season has finally arrived and there’s no better time to embrace your inner explorer! Taking on one of America’s great hiking trails is a perfect place to start. The pleasant temperatures and great scenery make fall an ideal time for this popular outdoor activity.

More than 34 million Americans go hiking every year. No, we’re not referring to a casual stroll down to your neighbor’s. We’re talking exploration off the beaten path to increase health and wellness! As you continue to fall into fitness this season, now’s a great time to tackle this great American pastime.

Outdoor hiking is a de-stressor, a fat burner and an unforgettable experience. So grab your boots and take in the views as you check out our favorite hiking trails from across the country. We’ll be waiting for you at the fork.

1.       Sargent Mountain Loop

Located in Acadia National Park in Maine, this northeastern trail perfectly blends accessibility with adventure. The path has been enhanced with stairs and rungs to allow for easier maneuvering through the steep cliffs and rough mountains, without sacrificing challenge. As with any good hike, your efforts are rewarded with a spectacular view at the finish.

2.       Old Rag Mountain

This eight-mile hike is a great scenic option for anyone living near the Richmond, VA area. The trail features breathtaking views that warrant its large popularity. Sitting at just over eight miles in length, this trail is definitely not for the faint of heart. If you’re up for the challenge, though, you’re bound to have an unforgettable experience traversing through the spectacular forests.

3.       Angel’s Landing

If blue skies and red earth vistas are what you seek, the gorgeous canyons around Angel’s Landing in Utah is the perfect venue for your hike. This one’s beginner friendly as well, spanning 4.8 miles round trip. When you reach the end, you’ll be treated to a stunning 360 degree view of western beauty. Just make sure you bring plenty of water to counteract the nearly 6,000 ft. total elevation you’ll be climbing.

4.       Big Bend

“Big” is the key word in Big Bend’s name. At 30 miles, this trail is about as hardcore as they come. Don’t get intimidated, though, as this big trail brings big rewards for anyone looking to take on a full expedition. As you reach the top of the Chisos Mountains, you’ll find an unforgettable view of the Chihuahuan Desert. Prepare for major jaw dropping!

5.       Kalalau Trail

Chilly weather not your thing? Make an escape to Hawaii and take on the gorgeous paths of Kalalau Trail. This hike features great tropical vistas full of vegetation and valleys. The path wraps up with a beautiful private beach worthy of hosting a superstar.

6.       Mooney Falls, Grand Canyon

This list wouldn’t be complete without giving a nod to the American icon. In a nice change of pace, you’ll be descending through the trail as you catch views of magnificent rocky peaks. At the end of it all, you’ll be greeted by a mesmerizing emerald pool that contrasts beautifully with the red rock.

Have a cool hiking experience or a favorite trail?  Tell us in the comments!

References:

http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/trips/best-trails/national-park-hikes/#/teton-crest-trail_35977_600x450.jpg

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2015/09/24/best-hikes-for-fall-foliage/

http://www.richmond.com/discover-richmond/article_502974f0-2e62-5960-80a7-15834d059caa.html

http://www.menshealth.com/best-life/best-trails-america?slide=4

http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-spring-hikes-in-the-us#!5-angels-landing-zion-national-park1

 

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