Angel’s Landing, Utah

The shortest hike deemed worthy to be listed on besthike.com is Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, one of the best hiking destinations in the world.

When I climbed to the Landing I felt it should be restricted to experienced mountaineers! And angels.

This is one vertical and hairy ascent. It’s almost as steep as Half Dome in Yosemite in places. But what a view from the top.

Angel's Landing

Details: Angel’s Landing on BestHike.com

Paria Canyon, Utah

paria-slot.jpgIf I could be transported to one hike, right now, it would be Paria Canyon. (5 days, 4 nights, 37.5mi (60.4km) plus sidetrips)

These are the longest, best slot canyons in the world. Many hikers have drowned between steep cliff walls in surprise flash floods. Careful planning is necessary to get your hands on a much-coveted hiking permit.

The ultimate challenging route includes Wire Pass Trailhead, Buckskin Gulch and through Paria to Lee’s Ferry, Arizona. The Wave is a must sidetrip.

See Besthike Paria Canyon for details

The Wave, Arizona.
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traverse the Chilean Andes – Sendero de Chile

The proposed Sendero de Chile hiking trail system will stretch the entire length of Chile, from the northern border to the tip of South America. A total of more than 9,700km (6000mi) of trekking paths.

A main trail is being built to connect existing trails in Chile. It will cross some of the great remaining wilderness areas of the world.

Hard core through hikers will be interested. But it seems only about 25% of the proposed route exists today.

There is not much information available yet. The best source of information is AllSouthernChile.com