Veteran parks writer Robert Earle Howells has compiled a list of the 20 best hikes within our national parks for National Geographic Adventure. The list includes some of the greatest day trips and backpacking escapes our national park system has to offer.
Among the 20 hikes in this list, I saw that I've hiked at least a portion of 4 of them.
The portion of the Teton Crest Trail that we hiked will forever be etched in my mind. Not just because of the awesome scenery we saw in the Grand Teton backcountry that day, but rather for the date of that particular hike: September 11, 2001.
Among the other trails on the list that I've hiked is Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park. I've also hiked to the Keyhole on Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park on two occasions.
Then, of course, there's the Alum Cave Trail to Mt. LeConte. Make sure to check out the photo that accompanies the LeConte listing - it's perhaps the best photo I've ever seen of the mountain.
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