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Master the Steeps: High-Angle Hiking Trails
Windom Peak, CO
Power up 10 miles and gain 5,800 feet en route to this 14,082-foot summit. Or combine it with Sunlight Peak and Mt. Eolus—if you dare—for a 22.6-miler deep in the Chicago Basin.
Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim, AZ
Descend into the belly of the country’s greatest gorge—then climb all the way back out on this 21-mile traverse via Bright Angel Canyon.
Paintbrush-Cascade Canyon Loop, WY
Climb 4,000 feet from String Lake to reach the jagged Teton views from 10,700-foot Paintbrush Divide.
Mount Blackmore, MT
Hump more than 3,000 feet in 5.6 miles through sunny meadows for an eagle-eye peek at the Gallatin Range.
Camels Hump, VT
Master the Green Mountains on a 4.9-mile haul from spruce forest to alpine tundra with views into New York and New Hampshire.
Baldface Mountain Loop, NH
Tag North and South Baldface on this 8.3-mile hike featuring a scrambly, 2,500-foot ascent up gorges and across creeks.
Fontana Dam to Newfound Gap, NC
Test your mettle on this steep 40.6-mile Appalachian Trail
route to the top of the Smokies.
South Rim Chisos Mountains, TX
Scale some of the tallest peaks in Texas on a stout 14.5-miler with views all the way to Mexico.
Gooseberry-Dogleg Loop, UT
Dive from the Island in the Sky to the White Rim and beyond, then tackle a staircase ascent back up on this Canyonlands 14-miler.
Strawberry Peak, CA
Hoof it 5,000 feet up and across talus, ridges, and cliffs to bag this San Gabriel summit on an 11-mile hike-and-climb.
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