There’s no shortage of incredible hikes in North America, as any traveller can tell you; the sheer scale and variety of this landscape is as mesmerising as it is rewarding.
But the limelight is often reserved for a surprisingly short list of well-known paths, despite the plethora of options that await anyone prepared to don their walking boots. Why not leave the crowds behind and try these alternatives for a slightly unusual American hike?
The remote, rugged and truly untamed Klaune National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. You’ll lose yourself but never your way on the Cottonwood Trail – the remote nature of the hike is its appeal, and you’ll be accompanied every step by a local specialist guide as you head out on the unmarked route, knowing you’ll be heading into the wilds to see landscapes that so many miss out on. All around you, the Yukon's wildlife lives in peace – keep an eye out for Bald Eagles overhead.
Yukon and Alaska Walk
Mount Tallac Trail
Another off the beaten path adventure, the Mount Tallac Trail is a love letter to forested mountainsides, airy rocky ridgelines and shimmering alpine lakes. It’s just a stone's throw from the deservedly famous Lake Tahoe, and yet feels a whole world away from the popular lakeshore.
Yosemite and Tahoe In-Depth
Not the stop off in Bryce Canyon, but alternative Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park. Plus, this day walk comes with a difference: you’ll be following in the footsteps of a wildlife and ecology guide, whose expertise can unlock the secrets of this dramatic landscape. Particularly rewarding is the chance to both enjoy a scenic ferry across the popular and picturesque Jenny Lake, and then the chance to stand high above it admiring the view.
Yellowstone and Teton in Depth
Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse Trail
Is this the most atmospheric lighthouse in North America? It’s a tough competition, but you be the judge on Peggy’s Cove Trail, a winding coastal route where the sea breezes urge you on to the dramatic finale. The distinctive white lighthouse is a fitting reward for your efforts, perched on the pale rocks of the Nova Scotia coast.
Walking the Canadian Maritimes
The bewitching hoodoo rock towers of Bryce Canyon National Park make a mesmerising ensemble cast for an incredible performance in the rock amphitheatre. The Peek-A-Boo loop leads you deep amongst the red, orange and gold sandstone landscapes in an immersive experience; a completely different sensation from gazing at the rocks from above.