8 The Most Thrilling Day Hikes in the U.S.


Are you ready to explore some of the most thrilling day hikes in the U.S.? From steep cliffs and narrow ridges to glaciers and volcanoes, these hikes will test your limits and take your breath away.

A 5.4-mile hike with steep sides and chains for support. It has amazing views but isn't good for those scared of heights or crowds.

Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah

A 14-16 mile challenging hike with a 5,000-foot elevation gain. The last part uses cables and planks. The top offers a breathtaking view of Yosemite Valley and nearby peaks.

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California

A 22 miles along the Na Pali Coast with valleys, cliffs, and beaches. It has challenging sections. Camping at Kalalau Beach needs a permit.

Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii

A 2.5-mile loop climbing Champlain Mountain with boulders, ledges, and iron rungs. It's steep and challenging with great ocean views but not for those fearing heights.

Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park, Maine

A 10.6-mile hike passing alpine lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife. Climbing 1,600 feet, it offers views of Grinnell Glacier and its turquoise meltwater.

Grinnell Glacier Trail, Glacier National Park, Montana

A 10-mile hike to the volcano's rim. Starting in forests, it leads to an ash landscape, ending at the summit with crater views and surrounding panoramas.

Mount St. Helens Summit Trail, Washington

A popular 12-mile round-trip hike from South Rim to Plateau Point, offering views of the Colorado River and Phantom Ranch. It's strenuous with a 3,100-foot descent and high temperatures.

Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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