The 8 Most Challenging Hiking Trails in America

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The 8 Most Challenging Hiking Trails in America

Whether you’re up for tackling dangerously steep inclines or running into snow during the warmest months of the year, you’ll find your next weekend adventure among these trecherous treks.

Presidential Range, NH

If you’re up for conquering 11 peaks and more than 9,000 feet in elevation in a single day, meet our presidents—Mounts Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Monroe, Eisenhower, and Pierce. Located in the rugged and unforgiving White Mountain National Forest, hikers often get lost once they break above the treeline at 3,500 feet (six of the peaks are above 3,500 feet) and encounter the freakish weather that can include snow and ice—even in the middle of summer. And just to make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into, U.S. Forest Service signage reads: “The area has the worst weather in America…Turn back now if the weather is bad.”

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