What are your favorite hiking trails

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  1. Big_Bend

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    I love to hike, dirt under my feet, clean air, exercise, stress reduction, all that and so much more. Going for a hike in nature pretty much cures everything that ever ails me. When I go camping, and I often do, I like to find parks that have nice long hiking trails. A few of my favorites -

    Enchanted Rock Nature Area here in Texas - the trail up to the top is breathtaking, then around the whole back side 5 miles loop.. its just wonderful. Highly recommended.

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    Another favorite is on the West side of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is the Tonahuto Trail Loop, around 12 miles through some beautiful mountain valley terrains and up to some pretty high elevations, nothing too crazy tho.

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    I also really enjoy hiking up to the South Rim at Big Bend National Park.


    What are some of your favorite hikes? Short, long, nearby, far away.. I'm always looking for new places to go hiking.
     

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    The ones that go downhill.
     
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    The hike to Half Dome is better than the hike to Mt. Whitney.
     
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    Nice! :)

    I see you're out in Colorado. I was visiting my cousin recently and he lives near Vail. We took the Gondola up to the top of the mountain then hiked down, a fun Summer time treat, almost all downhill hiking in the mountains. Felt like cheating tho lol.
     
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    The Phoenix area has a lot of good hiking spots. I used to hit Thunderbird Conservation Park and do the peak trail a few times a week. Not so much anymore, I am too far to get there and back in time for work.

    Other parks close by: White Tanks Park (massive trail system) Deems Park, North Mountain Park, McDowell Mountain Park.

    A challenge to find, let alone hike, is the Quartz Peak trail in the Estrella Mountains, climbing 2500 feet to the just over 4000 foot peak.

    If you are ever out this way, preferably in November - March, give them a try.
     
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    Lifelong NYer. I used to spend every weekend in the Adirondacks. Hiking, camping, rock and ice, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, canoeing...


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    Bell Rock here in Arizona.
    It's close enough to home,so I go once,or twice a week.

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    Don't have any. My hips haven't let me hike in many years.
     
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    Lots of AZ representation early on here…Love it.

    I’m from the other side of the valley as @rghill . Superstition Mountains in our backyard. My wife and I like to go hiking there quite a bit.
     
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    A stone's throw from where I live in Rochester, NY. This is Turning Point Park. That winding bridge is the main footpath, and I USUALLY end up down there 2-3 times a week, but I also like to deviate sometimes into the less trodden paths through the woods and up to the train tracks, which is where I got this shot from. I have to find some other local trails to wander, but I love being down by the water too much to care. Haha!
     

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    I love hiking at Brandywine Falls near my house…
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    I love to hike just about anywhere. While I prefer the mountains, living in Central Florida I do a lot of hiking on the Florida Trail, which runs for over 1400 miles from the Everglades to Alabama. This spring I did about 150 miles of it with my sons' Boy Scout troop (I'm the Scoutmaster). It's amazing up until the early summer rains start. Then, it looks like this:

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    Point Lobos near Carmel in CA is a must see area.

    There are several trails all up and down the Sierra Nevada mountains. Most anything north of Bishop along the 395.

     
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    Sam Houston National Forest
     

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    Too much natural beauty around here to stay holed up, but we landed in summer of 2019 and well, things have been interesting since.

    I don’t know if all these qualify as hikes, some are pretty prescribed, some are in cities, but some walking around places/trails I’ve liked:

    • Balzer park in/near Sheboygan WI
    • Kettle Moraine State Forest WI (snowshoed here in late December)
    • Teddy Roosevelt Island DC
    • Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park
    • Marin Headlands SF CA
    • Take your pick at Yosemite, I’ve done a fair few of them
    • “A” Mountain in Tempe AZ
    • Several little out and backs in White Sands NM
    • Valley of Fires NM (near Carrizozo)
     
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    Here's one of our local favorites through some beautiful wetlands. Walking distance from my front door.

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    Carlsbad Caverns. Pretty much all downhill and beautiful.:)
     
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    Too many to list. Calf Creek at Escalante, Utah immediately comes to mind. But there are many others.

    My newest fav are the Nuttalburg Mine Trails at New River Gorge. Nothing better than walking up to huge opening at end of a hike on a sticky hot WV summer day, and feeling a blast of 55 degree air from deep in the mountain.
     
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    So many.

    I grew up just north of Boston and did lots of hiking locally and in NH and Maine when I was younger. Lived for awhile in Vermont at Smuggler's Notch and Mt. Mansfield and that whole section of the Long Trail was basically our backyard. I also lived in Vail Colorado for a few years and did lots of hikes, especially up the side of the valley opposite the ski resort. Now I live in South Australia and hike lots with my wife and children. We love Deep Creek conservation park, Onkaparinga Gorge (going there tomorrow) and sections of the Heysen Trail in the Adelaide Hills.
     
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    Oh yeah! Not technically hikes, per se, as they are all reserved tours. But Mammoth Caves NP in Kentucky is otherworldly. They are still exploring new areas in the huge cave complex network! Some of the tours are advanced and include spelunking. I only did a standard tour, but it was a good hike.
     
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