Is there anything more invigorating than achieving a perch atop a giant mound of rock and realizing, I just climbed this thing? Hiking keeps us in touch with nature (there’s so much to look at and experience) and with ourselves (think of all those positive thoughts we direct at our legs and feet as they take us higher and higher up the trail). Push yourself, and you realize that yes, this is a big world—but I just conquered a big piece of it! It stays with you for weeks.
So, what are the best places to check out? We teamed up with LÄRABAR to bring you our list of breath-taking views that are most definitely worth the ascent this Fall. And we could not have asked for a better partner to scour the country with: LÄRABAR does, after all, have its roots in hiking and the outdoors.
And if you aren't quite ready to make that big hike just yet, don't fret. Just enjoy these amazing images and put these places on your hiking radar!
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McAfee Knob, Virginia
The Angel's Landing Trail, Utah
Stay hydrated during this tough uphill five-miler, over which you’ll ascend close to 1,500 feet in the beating sun. What you’ll love about the scenery: contrasting hues of deep-saturated greens, oranges, blues, reds and grays. At the summit of this Zion National Park trail, you won’t feel the fear or pain. All you’ll feel is intense appreciation as you gaze at the deep, narrow trench of Zion Canyon. Get this one in before the end of October, when the snow moves in.
Grinnell Trail Glacier, Montana
It’s on the longer side—more than 1800 feet up over a trail of seven and a half miles—but along the way you’re treated to untouched vistas of three glistening side-by-side lakes below, plus the bighorn sheep and mountain goats that inhabit the area. The finale? Grinnell Glacier Overlook, offering a front-row seat in front of the spectacle that is 152-acre glacier, along with Upper Grinnell Lake and the impressive Mount Gould.
Honopu Ridge Trail, Hawaii
Harry's Ridge, Washington
A round trip of eight miles, this hike will take you up 1,400 feet to an awe-inspiring view of the smoldering crater of Mount St. Helens, the famous active volcano in the Cascades range. The trail’s varied terrain will feel barren one minute and lush the next—a fun juxtaposition—and along the way you’ll catch gorgeous glimpses of Mount Adams’s white cap, the sapphire blue of Spirit Lake, the long and slender stream of Loowit Falls and majestic Mount Hood in the distance.
Precipice Trail, Maine
Mount Tallac, California
Conkles Hollow Rim Trail, Ohio
Hike two and a half miles along this rugged path, which hugs the sides of steep cliffs and is downright treacherous in places. When you reach the top, you get to circle the rim of Conkles Hollow, a deep, narrow gorge that’s only 100 feet wide in certain places and boasts beautiful waterfalls and wildlife to boot.