Amer­ica’s Wildest Hikes

14 more places to get your ex­treme fix. By Tyler VanderMolen

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Most re­mote high point Gan­nett Peak, WY

When it comes to in­ac­ces­si­ble state high points in the Lower 48, there’s Gan­nett and then there’s ev­ery­thing else. To climb the 13,804-foot peak, you’ll first need to tackle a 20-mile ap­proach—it typ­i­cally takes two days just to reach base­camp. From there, as­cend to Din­woody Pass and then Goose­neck Glacier. Yes, the views are ex­actly what you’d ex­pect af­ter hik­ing into the mid­dle of the Wind River Range. CON­TACT

Deep­est canyon Hells Canyon, OR/ID

Sorry, Grand Canyon. With a max depth of 7,900 feet, Hells Canyon is more than a half-mile deeper. And it’s less crowded to boot. Turn to page 26 for a 40-miler, or try the 56-mile Ore­gon Rim-to-River Loop: From the Freeze­out trail­head, make your way to the High Trail junc­tion. From there, you’ll hike a 45.5-mile loop on the High, Tem­per­ance Creek, Ore­gon Snake River, and Sad­dle Creek Trails.


Tallest trees Prairie Creek Red­woods State Park, CA

You can’t com­pre­hend the enor­mity of California’s red­woods un­til you stand at the foot of one, star­ing up at a tree the size of a NASA rocket. You’ll have plenty of the 300-plus-foot be­he­moths to choose from on this 12.4-mile hike. You’ll also score ocean views and pass be­tween 50-foot walls of fo­liage in Fern Canyon. From the trail­head at the Prairie Creek Vis­i­tor Cen­ter, link the James Irvine and Min­ers’ Ridge Trails to make a loop. CON­TACT

Snowiest hike Par­adise, Mt. Rainier Na­tional Park, WA

Like snow­shoe­ing? You’ll love the trails out of Par­adise, which re­ceives an av­er­age of 645.5 inches of snow an­nu­ally. Our fa­vorite: the 5.5-mile Sky­line Trail, with its frozen wa­ter­falls, mas­sive snow­fields, and panoramic views of Rainier, the Ta­toosh Range, Mt. St. He­lens, and Mt. Adams. CON­TACT

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