We’ve compiled a small list of a few spots to check out this Labor Day weekend (or any weekend for that matter), if you’ve got the itch for an outdoor adventure!
Outer Mountain Loop, Big Bend National Park, TX
This 30-mile trail takes you through an array of habitats and scenery from pinon, juniper and oak woodlands of the Chisos, making the Outer Mountain Loop Big Bend’s signature multi-day backpacking trail. The Outer Mountain Loop is formed by combining the Pinnacles, Juniper Canyon, Dodson, Blue Creek and Laguna Meadows Trails. Click here for more information on this trail and others at Big Bend National Park.
- Teton Canyon, Grand Teton National Park, WY
Mount Whitney, Sequoia National Park, CA
The tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, Mt. Whitney is the most popular peak in the Sierra Nevada. Mt. Whitney is on the east side of the Great Western Divide that runs through the center of the Sequoia National Park and peaks at 4417 meters. Technical climbing gear is usually unnecessary between mid-July and early October but you may need ice axes and crampons during spring and early summer. Click here for more information.
Endless Wall Trail, New River Gorge, WV
One of the lesser-known hiking destination at New River Gorge National Park, the Endless Wall Trail provides great views of almost 1000 feet of the New River and some of the best rock climbing in the eastern United States. Click here for more information.
- Durrance Route, Devils Tower National Park, WY
Clingmans Dome, Great Smoky Mnts, TN / NC
Peaking at 6643 feet, the Clingmans Dome is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is one of the most popular park destinations. Providing beautiful views spanning over 100 miles, the Clingmans Dome is a definite must visit for any outdoor adventurer. For more information on the Clingmans Dome and other spots in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, click here.
Highland Creek Trail, Wind Cave National Park, SD
This 8.6 mile trail begins along the Wind Cave Canyon Trail and is the longest, most diverse trail in the park. Click here for more information on this trail and others at Wind Cave National Park.
Half Dome Day Hike, Yosemite National Park, CA
This strenuous 14 to 16 mile hike is not for the faint-hearted or unprepared due to consistent elevation gain most of the way up. The majority of hikers usually take between 10 to 12 hours roundtrip to hike Half Dome but longer hours are not uncommon. It’s best to leave as early as possible but at least by sunrise to make it back in time before nightfall. Read more about this hike and others at Yosemite National Park.
Cascade Pass, North Cascades National Park, WA
One of the most popular day hikes in the park, the Cascade Pass Trail provides spectacular views of glaciers and peaks, such as Eldorado, Johannesburg, Magic and McGregor. This is the shortest trail to the alpine environment. Continue on to the Sahale Arm Trail for an extended 6-mile hike. Find out more about this trail and others.
Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
This 14,259 feet mountain is the highest summit in the Rocky Mountains. Climbing Longs Peak is not for the inexperienced and requires technical climbing equipment for most of the year. Click here for more information on this and other climbing spots at the Rocky Mountain National Park.
These are just a few of the many places to check out on your next outing. Have you already visited some of these places? Let us know your experience or any other spots you recommend for others to check out.