American Prairie nature reserve

American Prairie is a massive prairie-based nature reserve in northeastern Montana being developed as a private project of the American Prairie Foundation (APF).

This independent non-profit organization is creating a wildlife conservation area …

… opportunities such as hiking, mountain biking, hunting and fishing …

Within large but securely fenced areas, APF is developing a bison herd free from cattle genes. …

americanprairie.org

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Chezwick – FASTEST Great Western Loop

Nick “Chezwick” Gagnon.

Thirteen pairs of hiking boots, 17 pairs of socks, and five headlamps. Nine U.S. states, six national parks, and 25 backpacker hostels. Approximately 15 million steps and 6,875.5 total miles.

These dizzying metrics come from hiker Nick Gagnon’s recent completion of the Great Western Loop, a massive thru-hike that links together sections of the Pacific Crest, Pacific Northwest, Continental Divide, Grand Enchantment, and Arizona trails in a nearly 7,000-mile circle.

Nobody knows how many hikers have completed the route, but only two others have documented their successful journeys: backpacker Jeff Garmire in 2018 and guide Andrew Skurka in 2007.

Garmier completed it in 208 days and 15 hours, while Skurka finished it in 213 days and six hours. …

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Hiking Caminito del Rey, Spain 2022

Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles

In the early days of YouTube I watched videos of the most dangerous trail in the world.

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This unofficial via ferrata looked like my kind of adventure. 😀

Sadly — before I got there — it was shut down following five deaths in 1999 and 2000. The final incident was when 3 local men tried to do an unofficial zipline across the gorge. Simultaneously. The cable broke and all were killed.

It didn’t reopen for non-climbers until 2015.

I finally got there in 2022.

Today it’s super safe. Everyone must wear a helmet AND hair net to keep the helmet clean(er).

Originally, a walkway was built to provide workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls with access. Families of those workers lived here and also used the simple paths.

You can still see remaining sections of the old walkways.

King Alfonso XIII actually did get off his private train and walk a short section in 1921, hence the name.

Construction of the railway is impressive, too. Here’s one of many bridges.

It is a fun half day — though crowded.

If you have a fear of heights, this might not be the best adventure for you. There are many OTHER great hikes in Spain.

The cliff walls are steep. This is one of the most popular rock climbing areas in Spain. Unsurprisingly, the climbers were not all that keen to have tourists return in 2015.

You can do this hike on your own — but since I didn’t have a vehicle, instead I signed up for a group tour from Málaga for about €60. And it was quite good.

Read more on our Caminito information page.

Best Hikes in Utah

As I’m planning on another trip to the S.W. USA Spring 2023, I’m again looking for new-to-me best hikes there.

Nick on Hikematic:

  • Delicate Arch Trail
  • Donut Falls Trail
  • Bells Canyon Trail to Lower Falls
  • Stewart Falls Trail
  • Double Arch Trail
  • Adams Canyon Trail
  • Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail
  • Kanarra Creek Canyon Trail

Details on Hikematic – Best Hikes in Utah – Trail Guide

Best Hikes in Mexico

The S.W. USA one or our favourite destination in the world for hiking — but Mexico is not nearly as good, in our opinion.

Lonely Planet did choose 6 great hikes:

  1. Pico del Águila
  2. Volcán Paricutín
  3. Bacajipare Trail 
  4. Pueblos Mancomunados 
  5. Pueblo Fantasma 
  6. Cerro Don Lauro

The 6 best hikes in Mexico to explore volcanoes, canyons and ghost towns

Photo by Felipe Perez on Pexels.com

See our list of best hikes in North America.

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