Who says you have to work hard for the best scenery? New Zealand’s great walks deliver life-list terrain with perks for beginners and experts alike.
The Haute Route—a famed mountaineering route from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland—offers towering glaciers and soaring panoramas. Photographer <a href="http://patitucciphoto.com">Dan Patitucci</a> shared his favorite images from the famed alpine trek.
Like many hikers, Aubrey Sacco walked into the Himalayas with joyful excitement. But she encountered a dark side of Nepal all trekkers should know about.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hit four technical summits in the birthplace of North American mountaineering.
Link two gorgeous cabins by scrambling through craggy alpine country.
Routefind across precipitous ridges to an ice-filled lake.
Bushwhack up a glacier-carved fjord to a lake-spangled subarctic plateau.
Paddle and portage fish-filled waters past wild cascades to the greatest of lakes.
Hug pebbly beaches and cliffs along Superior shores in Ontario's Pukaskwa National Park.
Follow serpentine barrens and stair-steep tracks to a rugged volcanic sea coast.
Discover a local favorite: paddling through the heart of a Maori historic homeland.
Explore a colorful moonscape in the North Island’s geothermal hotbed.
Climb hiker-friendly 16,000-foot summits--and maybe nab a first ascent--on a shoestring budget, plus get an unchaperoned glimpse of Tibetan culture.
A slick drop-bottom feature sets this tough, smooth-rolling duffel apart.
Explore spectacular places by air, land, and sea.
If you've hiked the park's established paths, it's time to raise your game. Explore the South Rim's wilder side with this 41.1-mile, off-trail trek. The challenges: routefinding, exposure, class 3 scrambling. The rewards: riverside beach camps, big views, solitude.
Start early for sunrise in the canyon and crowd-free hiking on this 13.4-miler that descends to the gorge's mezzanine level.
Find world-class scenery and challenges (no passport required) with our scouts' top day, weekend, and weeklong routes in the Big Ditch. Whether you're a canyon-country pro or a first-timer, we guarantee you'll find terrain that tests your boundaries.