Best U.S. Hikes for Beginners

by Katie Skrzek

Feb 25, 2019

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Whether you are new to hiking or have never hiked once, there are plenty of beautiful trails throughout the United States ideal for novice hikers. Check out one of these options if you’re interested in taking up hiking.


Golden Gate National Park

Pirates Cove Trail is located in Marin County, California, outside of San Francisco. The round-trip hike is just less than three miles and offers stunning ocean views from an elevation of about 680 feet.


Kenai Fjords National Park 

The park in Alaska offers visitors an opportunity to experience an active glacier up-close. The Exit Glacier trail offers a one-mile loop with panoramic views of the glacier.


Rocky Mountain National Park

The beautiful park in Colorado has several easy to moderate trails. The Bear Lake trailhead offers nine different hikes, ranging 1–8.8 mile loops. Some of these offer higher elevations than others, so opt for the trail that best matches your fitness level.


Watkins Glen State Park

The popular New York state park boasts 19 waterfalls, pristine pools and streams. The Gorge Trail is about 2.5 miles. Located in the Finger Lakes region, the park is closed during the colder months.


Check the website of the hiking location prior to your visit for any safety updates.


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