Today it's easier than ever to find hiking trails near you. This site has turn-by-turn directions, along with maps, GPX files, and insider tips on all the hike guides The idea is that you can feel confident about where you are hiking, not get lost, and have a fun adventure.
Best Hikes in the World – Backpacking Trips
Los Angeles – Orange County, CA – Riverside County, CA – San Diego – LA Mountains – Palm Springs Area – Around Mt Whitney – Eastern Sierras
National Parks >
Grand Canyon Hikes – Joshua Tree National Park – Yosemite National Park
Monuments & Forests >
Sand to Snow National Monument – San Gorgonio Wilderness – Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Hikes – – Wildlands Conservancy Trails – San Bernardino National Forest – San Gabriel Mountains National Monument – Angeles National Forest – Cleveland National Forest – Inyo National Forest
Other USA >
Pacific Northwest – Philadelphia – Las Vegas – Phoenix
Other Ways to Find Trails
You can also check out sites like AllTrails.com, SummitPost.org, and GaiaGPS to find hikes. 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 me 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.