Nothing against life-list treks that take months to plan and weeks to hike. We live for those dream trips, too. But we live through dayhikes. The steady drip of local dawn patrols and backyard discoveries is where all hikers really level up skills, convert newbies, and go home to wilderness in between desk duty and household chores. But that doesn’t mean settling for less—and you won’t have to with any of these done-in-a-day epics in every state.
Don't see your state on the list? Click "The Rest" for a list of the trails we couldn't fit into the magazine.