Today it’s easier than ever to find hiking trails near you. This site has turn-by-turn directions for all the hikes, along with maps, GPX files, and other resources. The idea is that you can feel confident about where you are going, not get lost, and have a fun hike.
Hiking in LA
LA offers everything from hikes in the middle of the city to nice climbs in suburbs.
Orange County Hikes
Everything from seaside hikes to rugged mountain treks in Cleveland National Forest.
LA Mountain Hikes
All the climbs, big and small, in and on the mountains of greater LA area.
San Diego Hikes
San Diego has beautiful oceanside hikes, mountains trails, and unique deserts to explore.
Hikes Around Mt Whitney
Hikes in the Eastern Sierra, Mt Whitney, and on the drive to Mt Whitney.
Joshua Tree NP
Explore the unique desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park
Hikes Around Las Vegas
Vegas is fun but it’s even better when you work in a hike to the natural areas surrounding it.
Grand Canyon Hikes
Hikes for every level in the iconic National Park, including rim walks and hikes into the Canyon.
Hikes Around Phoenix
The best Sonoran Desert hikes in and around Phoenix and Scottsdale.
Columbia River Gorge
Explore these lush hikes are the best on the banks of the Columbia River.
Hikes Around Philadelphia
Historic and scenic, hiking near Philadelphia will get you out of the city and into nature.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, feel free to recommend a hike for me to include on the blog. I’m adding hikes all the time.
Other Ways to Find Trails
You can also check out sites like AllTrails.com, EveryTrail.com, SummitPost.org, and GaiaGPS to find hikes. I read Backpacker Magazine for hike ideas. Their website is also a resource but is kind of klunky. Search for hiking groups on Reddit for up to date tips and recommendations.
If you want to do a group hike, try Meetup or contacting a local hiking club.
Don’t forget hiking guide books. I actually prefer them over a digital resource because I can put it in my pack to help navigate. REI has some great trail guides that offer worldwide coverage. For UK and international folks, Stanfords is the ultimate travel and map geeks store, around since 1853.
National Parks are obvious great choices, but don’t forget to Google your state and county parks for some less crowded gems. Typically parks have PDF maps online to help you plan your hike. If you’re stuck in the city, do an urban hike. The important thing is that you get outside and get moving.
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