Every season is hiking season with Pilotfish. It’s time to pack your bags, lace up your boots, and grab your favorite Pilotfish sunglass retainer.
No matter where you live across America, there are hiking trails that can take you farther into nature than you’ve ever dreamed of being. With gorgeous views and challenging climbs, you’ll want your Pilotfish straps along for the ride.
1. Mount Lafayette, New Hampshire
Difficulty: Experts Only
This 8.5 mile hike will take you through some of the most breathtaking beauty that the Northeast has to offer. It’s most appropriate for those who have a lot of experience hiking similar trails, as you’ll experience over 3,000 vertical feet of ascent.
Hike the loop and you’ll experience all three of the Franconia Range’s iconic peaks, starting with the Old Bridle Path. From there, you’ll be exposed to rocky terrain, stone staircases, and a few spots where moisture makes the uphill climb particularly treacherous.
You’ll be rewarded for your hard work, though, when you reach the Falling Waters Trail. It features an array of cascading waterfalls, including the 80-foot Cloudland Falls. Continue on your way, and you’ll experience the summits of Mt. Lafayette, Mt. Lincoln, and Little Haystack.
2. Indian Rock House Nature Trail, Arkansas
Another loop trail, the Indian Rock House Nature Trail brings you through Arkansas’ beautiful Buffalo River National Park and lets you experience some hidden wonders tucked away in the small town of Yellville.
From the trailhead, you’ll hike less than half a mile before coming upon Sinkhole Icebox. If you’re feeling a little warm, it’s the perfect place to stop and rest. The air that comes from the sinkhole is pretty chilly, but avoid wandering too close. After .6 of a mile, you’ll experience the first waterfall of the trail, followed by an attempted zinc mine only 1/10 of a mile away from that. This mine led to the creation of a ghost town near the area, which was promptly abandoned when no zinc was found.
The main event, though, is a bluff once used by Native Americans as housing. While there are no relics or ruins, it does showcase a natural stream flowing along the back wall. Hike out the last mile, and you’ll be back at the trailhead.
3. Dry Creek Falls, Oregon
While currently closed due to the Eagle Falls fires that ravaged the area in September, this delightfully easy trail is set to reopen this summer. This “down and back” trail is perfect for folks looking for the chance to explore the Pacific Crest Trail without the challenge that comes with other trails in the area.
The path is leveled and densely green, with forest on either side. Flora and fauna can be spotted, as the maintenance of the trail and low foot traffic keeps nature busily maintaining its hold on the area. At the end of the hike, you’ll be greeted by an absolutely stunning view of the Dry Creek Falls. This 50-foot tall display of dancing waters tumbles down into a natural basin, even in the driest months of the year. Clearly, someone thought it was a pretty good joke to give this family-friendly trail such an ironic name.
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