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  • 17 of the WORLD'S most MIND-BLOWING trails!
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17 of the WORLD'S most MIND-BLOWING trails!

We all love to dream.  

I know I spend too much time on Pinterest, Nat Geo, and Outside reading about epic locations and trails for my next adventure!

If you are like me then these spine tingling, leg burning, lung exploding, epic trails will get you ready to pack your bags and leave home tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy them!

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Besseggen Ridge | Jotunheimen National Park, Norway | Distance: 14 miles one-way (find a ride back)

Photo | Nick Sarebi 

El Caminito del Rey (The King's Pathway) | El Chorro, Spain | Distance: 2 miles (epitome of epic)

Photo | Heather Cowper 

Leukerbad Via Ferrata | Leukerbad, Switzerland | Distance: 3,280 feet of elevation gain (wing suit down?)

Photo | Olivier Bruchez 


Devil’s Path | Catskill Forest Preserve, New York | Distance: 23.6 miles (bring a banjo)

Photo | Miguel Vieira  

Stromboli | eolian Islands, Italy | Distance: 1,312 vertical feet (silver suits come in handy)

Photo | Boyd Dwyer 

Aonach Eagach Ridge | Glen Coe, Scotland | Distance: 5.75 miles (swords are a must)

Photo | Brew Brooks  


Huntington Ravine | Mount Washington, New Hampshire | Distance: 2.1 miles one-way (8.2-mile round-trip loop to the summit)

Photo | Jaine “Burning Question”

Kokoda Trail | Owen Stanley Range, Papua New Guinea | Distance: 60 miles one-way (Tropic Thunder territory)

Photo : Nomad Tales  

Dry Fork Coyote Gulch | Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah | Distance: About 3.5 miles round-trip (Indiana Jones time)

Photo | Kyriazis 

Black Hole of White Canyon | Hanksville, Utah | Distance: 5 miles

Photo | Dave Riggs 

Granite Peak | Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana | Distance: 21–25 miles round-trip (call Grizzly Adams for a tour)

Photo | Charles Peterson 

Crypt Lake Trail | Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta | Distance: 10.8 miles round trip

Photo : Steffen Sauder 

Pacaya | Pacaya Volcano National Park, Antigua, Guatemala | Distance: 3.2 miles round-trip

Photo | Christopher Crouzet 

Huayna Picchu | Machu Picchu, Peru | Distance: 1,181 vertical feet (do plenty of calf raises before your trip)

Photo | Fernando Stakun 

Mount Huashan | Huashan National Park, China | Distance: 7.5 miles from the gate to the top of South Peak

Photo | Clint Koehler 


Lion's Head | Table Mountain National Park, South Africa | Distance: 2.5 miles round-trip

Photo | Warren Ski 

Low’s Peak Via Ferrata | Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia | Distance: 1,198 vertical feet (what! amazing)

Photo | Travelmate Holidays 

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  • Oct 02, 2014

    What about the Historic Chilkoot Trail just outside of Skagway, Alaska that follows the Gold Rush of 1898 up into Yukon, British Columbia, Canada? It is called by some the longest museum in the world.

    — jon haynie

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