SPORTS

10 Best Hiking Trails

We've singled out 10 great hikes across all ability levels. Some let you simply take in the scenery, while others will put your stamina to the test. Regardless of the route, it's a sure way to fully take advantage of the spring season.

Finding a good hiking trail is a lot like finding a good Mexican restaurant. There are many out there. All of them offer something good, but they don't always leave you satisfied. The good ones keep you coming back, craving more. You can't help but think about them. You may even conisder keeping them a secret in the hopes that it won't be too crowded next time you go.

Spring is a great time to give a new trail a try, and we've got some recommendations. Whether you want to keep them to yourselves is up to you, but we like to share. We've singled out 10 great hikes across all ability levels. Some let you simply take in the scenery, while others (like a hot salsa) will put your stamina to the test. Regardless of the route, it's a sure way to fully take advantage of the spring season.

Ranking Criteria

Terrific scenery • Varied difficulty levels • Open access in all weather

9773. Chattanooga, TN Population 174,483
9836. Marshfield, WI Population 18,410
9853. Fayetteville, NC Population 202,521
9938. Bend, OR Population 81,780
9942. Cheyenne, WY Population 62,195
10018. Abingdon, VA Population 8,143
10072. Colorado Springs, CO Population 442,040
10118. Albuquerque, NM Population 556,092
10165. Amarillo, TX Population 196,571
10213. Wausau, WI Population 39,210