From iconic trails in Zion and Yosemite to under-the-radar loops in Arizona, these hiking trails lead you to gorgeous desert, mountain, and coastal views

Sunset  – April 29, 2013 | Updated June 10, 2020

These days, there’s no shortage of over-the-top outdoor adventures, but there’s still nothing that tops a solid hike. Thanks to our staggering mountains, rugged coastline, and untouched spaces, the West is blessed with some of the best hikes in the country. We found 42 that range from quick jaunts to multi-day expeditions, and though they all vary in terrain and scenery, they all have one thing in common: They get you up close to the West’s most attractive feature—wild spaces. So, gather your backpack and other hiking gear, beef up your trail-hack know-how, and start walking.