5 Hikes to Put On Your 2021 Bucket List

December 30, 2020

5 Hikes to Put On Your 2021 Bucket List

I know we aren’t alone when we say 2021 can’t get here fast enough. It’s as though the whole world is holding its breath...counting down the seconds until 2020 is in the rearview mirror and the future suddenly becomes the present.

We wanted to give you something to look forward to in the new year and decided to compile a list of dreamy hiking locales full of breathtaking views and soul-inspiring vistas. Let’s take a look and get inspired.

Glacier Point Trail (easy) - Yosemite National Park, California

This half mile loop is suitable for hikers of all ages and offers tremendous bang for your hiking buck. This hike offers one of the best views of the Yosemite Valley. It is beat only by hiking to the top of Half Dome, a strenuous, all-day trek. When you reach Glacier Point, you’ll have a panoramic view of the Valley and Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America.

 The Watchman Peak Trail (moderate) - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

This is a 1.8 mile out-and-back hike with a 375ft elevation gain and multiple switchbacks. You have the option of enjoying a lower view of Crater Lake around the .3 mile marker, but do yourself a favor and continue up to the top of Watchman Peak. The views there are nothing short of breathtaking, with a full 360-degree view of the lake and surrounding mountains. 

Night hikes to the peak can be scheduled with park rangers, offering you the unique experience of stargazing on the mountaintop. Make sure you’re equipped to climb safely to the peak by carrying a top-notch flashlight. We love the Guardian Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight (see below) for its rugged durability and blazing illumination capabilities.

 

Maroon Lake Scenic Loop Trail (easy) - White River National Forest, Colorado

This 2 mile out-and-back trail is utterly enchanting and one of the most photographed locations in Colorado. You’ll hike through alpine meadows, skirting Maroon Lake and taking in breathtaking views of wildlife (you’ll hike right by an active beaver dam). 

The best time of year to hike this trail is fall, when foliage color is at its peak...but, no matter what season you visit, you’ll fall in love with this dreamy hiking location.

Mount Mansfield Loop Trail (hard) - Underhill State Park, Vermont

Mount Mansfield is the highest peak in Vermont and this 7.3 mile loop trail provides a challenging hike to the summit. Be prepared for a few rock scrambles, a bit of rock climbing and jumping a 6ft chasm (no joke). But, if you stick with it, you’ll be rewarded with a hike through Alpine tundra and fields of beautiful wildflowers.

McAfee Knob via Appalachian Trail (hard) - Jefferson National Forest, Virginia

This rigorous 8 mile out-and-back hike offers an 1,800 ft elevation gain and rewards you with Instagram-worthy photo ops at the end thanks to McAfee Knob. Sit on the precipice and float above the Shenandoah Valley...if heights don’t make you squeamish. Like other hikes mentioned here, making the trek in the fall offers you views of breathtaking foliage color—but spring and winter are equally lovely.

We hope this list has provided inspiration to get out and enjoy the great outdoors in the new year. And, if none of these trails are near you, get out there and find the ones that are. Soak up the beauty of the land on which you live. We guarantee there’s beauty to be seen...you just have to find it.

Here’s to enjoying what’s right outside your door in 2021!

Sources

  1. Yosemite National Park
  2. Crater Lake National Park
  3. White River National Forest
  4. Underhill State Park
  5. Jefferson National Forest




Also in News

Enjoying the Great Wide Open: 7 Ways to Spend More Time Outdoors
Enjoying the Great Wide Open: 7 Ways to Spend More Time Outdoors

January 11, 2022

We all know the benefits of spending more time outdoors—vitamin D intake, fresh air, etc.—but actually carving time out of our busy schedules to spend in the great wide open can sometimes feel daunting. Who has the time (or energy) to drive to a state part after a day’s work to hit the trails?

Continue Reading

Featured Product: The All New Sentinel 2000 Lumen Tactical Flashlight
Featured Product: The All New Sentinel 2000 Lumen Tactical Flashlight

December 20, 2021

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you know there are certain pieces of equipment that are critical to have on hand in the backcountry or around a campsite, and a durable, high-quality is on every seasoned hiker’s list. 

Continue Reading

5 of the Top U.S. Destinations for Winter Hiking
5 of the Top U.S. Destinations for Winter Hiking

December 11, 2021

Many outdoor enthusiasts associate hiking with spring, summer, and fall…but hesitate to head outdoors during the winter months. If this describes you, it’s time for an attitude adjustment. The truth is winter hiking offers a wealth of perks…including virtually deserted trails (because everyone else apparently thinks hiking stops in the winter) and breathtaking wintry views.

Continue Reading