Hiking trails don't have to meander for miles over hill and dale to be worthwhile, and the Limberlost Trail in Shenandoah National is proof of that.
Trails I've Hiked
There are two ways to get to Lone Star Geyser from Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park: Drive down to the parking area for Kepler Cascades and walk 2.4 miles down the paved trail, or take your time and enjoy the scenery while hiking down the Howard Eaton Trail from the inn.
Fall is one of the best seasons to take a hike in Yellowstone National Park, even if a little snow does fall.
In a park known for its majestic peaks and brilliant lakes, perhaps the most enchanting trail in Banff National Park clings to a canyon above a curving, crystal-clear river with a handful of picturesque plunges just 15 miles west of Banff townsite. Johnston Canyon, one of the area’s most popular hikes, features a pair of large waterfalls along with a handful of smaller cascades as Johnston Creek carves its way through the limestone walls.
Most avid hikers know Half Dome. In fact, as the signature landmark for Yosemite National Park, its image is recognized worldwide. It’s even on the 2005 U.S. quarter. From late-May to early-October, visitors can attempt this extremely strenuous 16-mile round-trip day hike. The main challenge is the nearly one mile vertical climb from the valley. Then there’s the final 425 feet, aided by a 45-degree inclined cable banister.
Though you'll need a raft, canoe, or kayak to reach this trail, the hike up Water Canyon to the Doll House in Canyonlands National Park and back down to Spanish Bottom and the Green River is time well spent.
Fall just might be the best time to hike around Phelps Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The weather is cooling, the aspen are turning yellows and oranges, and the smell of autumn is in the air.
You can hike this Yellowstone National Park trail for a day, with a turnaround at Lone Star Geyser, or you can continue on down to Shoshone Lake for a wonderful three-four day retreat into the park’s backcountry.
A great before-breakfast or pre-sundown hike at Grand Canyon National Park's North Rim is the short walk to Bright Angel Point.
Despite its odd name, Cape Final on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park should not be ignored during your visit to the rim.