With summer unofficially over and your beach days numbered, now’s the perfect time to plan your next outdoor adventure, like hitting one of the gnarliest hiking trails in the U.S. To help your pick a destination, we’ve rounded up eight of the toughest treks, which might be closer than you realize.
If you’re an experienced hiker and in fairly good shape, most of these hikes can be done in one day, though a few of the longer ones can be broken up into two days. But take caution: These trails are no joke and require forethought to complete safely. (Note: We are not responsible for sudden clarity, stronger muscles, or any other blissful effects that come with the challenge.)
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