Bring your swimsuit: This 4.6-mile canyon hike features picture-perfect waterfalls, chilly mountain pools, and slim sandstone walls set in lush oak and sycamore forests.
Trek above old lava fields to the summit of Huckleberry Mountain on this 10.2-mile round-trip ramble in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
This 3-day backpacking tour of Banff National Park offers outstanding mountain views, plentiful wildlife, and scenic meadows full of summer wildflowers.
Explore a moist forest of Pacific silver fir on this 5.4-mile out-and-back to the aptly named Observation Peak, where views of volcanic peaks await.
Test your legs and lungs on this 5.4-mile out-and-back through alpine meadows to a 5,000-foot peak with glorious views in Gifford National Forest.
On this easy 5.4-mile out-and-back, you’ll follow the mighty Lewis River through a mossy old-growth canyon that harbors three photogenic waterfalls.
Walk into a hikers’ heaven on this 7.7-mile loop past waterfalls and through blooming meadows to a geologic hotspot of lava flows and active glaciers.
Visit Mount Seymour Provincial Park for bird’s-eye views of a classic Canadian city.
Take the backdoor approach to a glacier-ringed lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park on this 18-mile out-and-back.
Traverse a wildflower-strewn ridge to stunning views in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Tramp through snow-draped forest en route to a mountain lake on this 5.2-mile snowshoe loop that boasts up-close views of Mount St. Helens.
Follow the Pacific Crest Trail across wooded creeks and steep rock gardens to a broad summit overlooking the Columbia River Gorge on this strenuous 15-mile out-and-back.
This multi-day paddling trip tours Slate Islands Provincial Park, a group of islands off the coast of Ontario and home to the world’s densest population woodland caribou.
Escape onto the PCT in vast Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
This 10.2-mile out-and-back explores a section of the Klickitat Trail, a scenic rail-trail that winds through rolling rangeland and colorful river canyons.
This 14.7-mile section hike of the Oregon Coast Trail starts at the mouth of the Columbia River and explores sandy beaches and the remains of a 100-year-old shipwreck.
Ditch the crowds on this lesser-traveled, 8.7-miler in the Columbia River Gorge that features shady old-growth forest, striking rock pinnacles, and a breathtaking waterfall.
Discover spectacular wildflower displays and unrivaled views across the Columbia River Gorge on this popular summit hike.
Climb the Northwest’s tallest nontechnical volcano.
Get your fill of breathtaking waterfalls on this 13.1-mile out-and-back in the Columbia River Gorge that visits Punchbowl Falls, Tunnel Falls, and Twister Falls.
Traverse the eastern flanks of the most active volcano in the Cascades on this 11.3-mile trek in Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Trace the rugged and remote coastline of Nootka Island on this memorable 22-mile point-to-point that connects rocky beaches and incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.
Trek through the far western heights of Brecon Beacons National Park, a landscape steeped in Arthurian legend, on this 11-mile route that starts in Llanddeusant.
Tag the Brecon Beacons’ highest summit (2,907 feet), then descend one of the park’s wild, water-filled canyons on this 4.9-mile loop.
This view-a-second section often runs atop a 500-foot precipice, so you might want to stick to the pub in the most ferocious weather. Even on fine days, the steep 5.5-mile trek is a challenge.
This 9.7-mile segment runs from a tidy harbor village to a vast beach, and ends only two road miles from a don’t-miss sixth-century church and museum in St. Davids.
This 9.6-mile scrambly route threads between Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach before wandering along treeless tundra and descending through a massive, abandoned slate quarry.
Climb across the crest of the Rhinog Range on this short, 2.3-mile dayhike in Snowdonia National Park.
This 1.9-mile out-and-back leads to a steep, but climbable crag in Snowdonia National Park.
This 7-mile circuit in Snowdonia National Park ascends Crib Goch en route to Snowdon (the highest peak in Wales), then descends the rugged ridgeline of Y Lliwedd.
This 8-mile out-and-back makes for an excellent early-season romp up a narrow river canyon, boasting three gorgeous waterfalls, an ample serving of primitive campsites, and options for longer loops and side trips.
Go to hiker heaven on Canada’s finest high-country path.
Climb through towering evergreens to in-your-face Cascade views.
Leave the crowds behind on this secluded 5.2-mile forest hike to the top of Washington’s Larch Mountain, with views of Silver Star, the Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood.
Find caribou, moose, and bald eagles on a hut-to-hut trek through the rugged McGerrigle Mountains on this 15.6-mile point-to-point in Parc National de la Gaspésie.
Escape time as you glide through an endless chain of connected lakes.
Link two gorgeous cabins by scrambling through craggy alpine country.
Routefind across precipitous ridges to an ice-filled lake.
Hit four technical summits in the birthplace of North American mountaineering.
Follow serpentine barrens and stair-steep tracks to a rugged volcanic sea coast.
Bushwhack up a glacier-carved fjord to a lake-spangled subarctic plateau.
Hug pebbly beaches and cliffs along Superior shores in Ontario’s Pukaskwa National Park.
Paddle and portage fish-filled waters past wild cascades to the greatest of lakes.
Hike through classic Southern-Alps scenery on a 37-mile route that has everything but the crowds.
Sea kayak beneath soaring mountains in waters that scared off early explorers, with dolphins and penguins for company.
Discover a local favorite: paddling through the heart of a Maori historic homeland.
Explore a colorful moonscape in the North Island’s geothermal hotbed.
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