100 Classic Hikes

36 countries on 6 continents.

Cam Honan:

Listed below are 100 multi-day hikes that I have had the good fortune of doing from 1995 to the present day. In my opinion they are all “great”  or “classic” hikes, however I have refrained from assigning them any type of order other than alphabetical. How can one compare the jaw-dropping grandeur of high alpine regions to the stillness and timeless quality of the desert?

The Hiking Life



editor: I’ve started clicking my way through Cam’s impressive list.

By comparison, I’ve only done about 35 of those, in part or in whole.

Leave a comment if you know of any hiker who’s done MORE of the world’s best hikes?

U.S. long-distance hiking trails

Hiking has gone Hollywood with the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s bestselling backpacking memoir Wild – and the Pacific Crest Trail is its real star. If the film inspires you, here are 10 trails that explore the stunning US wilderness

Pacific Crest Trail: California, Oregon and Washington, 2,663 miles

John Muir Trail: California, 210 miles

Continental Divide Trail: New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, 3,100 miles

Appalachian Trail: 14 states from Georgia to Maine, 2,185 miles

The Long Trail: Vermont, 272 miles

The Hayduke Trail: Arizona and Utah, 812 miles

The Grand Enchantment Trail: Arizona and New Mexico, 770 miles

The Ozark Highlands Trail: Arkansas, 218 miles

The Ice Age Trail: Wisconsin, 1,200 miles

The Superior Hiking Trail: Minnesota, 296 miles

Guardian – Top 10 long-distance hiking trails in the US

Click through for a brief summary, links and shorter highlights of each.

Grand Enchantment Trail - Photograph: Prisma Bildagentur/Alamy
Grand Enchantment Trail – Photograph: Prisma Bildagentur/Alamy

December, January & February hikes

Adventures Within Reach recommends some of the best hikes during each month of the year.


Our Top Trek Recommendation: Vietnam Trekking

Runner Up: Mount Meru, Tanzania


Our Top Trek Recommendation: Aconcagua, Argentina

Runner Up: Hill Tribes, Thailand


Our Top Trek Recommendation: Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Runner Up: Gorilla Trekking, Rwanda

A Trek For Every Month: Top Hikes Around The World (December, January & February)


While it’s possible to hike all the way to the top of Aconcagua, we’d recommend you hike around the great peak instead. 🙂

best treks in Nepal

Updated after our November 2014 visit.


There are many more great hikes in Nepal! … This list just scratches the surface.

I’m looking at Makalu Base Camp for my next trip. Perhaps November 2015.

Rick farewell Nepal

hiking out of Jasper, Alberta

Rogier Gruys is a hiking & travel expert. He’s hiked in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Yukon, Ghana, West Papua (Indonesia), Mongolia.  Rogier spent a lot of time trekking in the Bhutanese Himalayas, and edited a dayhiking guide to Thimphu.

One day browsing our top 10 hiking towns of the world, Rogier noted that we have Banff, Alberta, Canada listed.

In Rogier’s opinion, hiking out of Jasper, Alberta is even better than out of Banff.

Check out  the Jasper National Park home page. And hiking page. It is great. Here I am at wonderful Mt Robson.

Rick McCharles
Rick McCharles

Rogier Gruys knows far more about the Canadian Rockies than I ever will. We’ve annotated our top 10 hiking towns list to mention both Jasper and … Canmore, Alberta. Another strong candidate. 🙂


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