From hiking on the ledge of thousand foot cliffs, slippery granite slopes, and white deserts, here are seven of the most insane and scenic hikes in the United States.
The first major hike I completed. It was hell; I’m not going to lie. Picture nineteen-year-old Shalee and her dad attempting a sixteen-mile mountainous hike when the most elevation gain experience prior to this was a 500ft sand dune climb. #RIPus
I think we were the last ones down from the trail at dusk, I slept with my face down at the pizza place we went for dinner, and I couldn’t walk for three days. But we made it and it remains one of my favorite hikes. However, I would like to return and see if I could chop my previous time in half.
The Half Dome trail is 8.6 miles one-way and gains 4800ft in elevation. In order to hike past the sub-dome a permit is required (yes, a ranger is there to check) and anyone who is caught attempting the summit without a permit gets a hefty thousand dollar fine. The last 400ft of the trail is a near-vertical cable climb. The hike is known as one of the most deadly in the United States because of this section.
Even with permits in place, the trail remains one of the most popular within Yosemite National Park. If you fail to get a permit, don’t worry, there are hundreds of equally amazing and less crowded hikes around the valley and within the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.