13 Best Hiking Trails in North America

With summer officially ending, there has never been a better time to go for a hike. The days are bright and long, but the air isn’t as hot anymore, and we can be outside for hours without succumbing to heatstroke.

If you’ve been outside hiking all summer, chances are you’ve exhausted your usual options and are looking for a new place to go. These trails, which are some of the best in North America, range from a quick afternoon’s hike to a month-long trip if you want to do the whole thing. Check these out, along with some personal accounts of people who undertook the trails themselves.

13. West Coast Trail

This trail is located along the west coast of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. Island life has always meant being close to nature, whether you live in downtown Victoria, or a smaller town like Courtenay, Ucluelet, or Sooke.

The West Coast Trail is known as one of the best hikes on the island – it runs for 46.6 miles, and generally takes between three and six days to hike. There are plenty of exciting adventures along the trail – if you see a whale you’re one of the lucky ones! There are plenty of gorgeous campsites along the way, too.

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