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Ten most breathtaking hiking trails across the U.S. and Canada



Photo by Yelper Jacqueline T. at Banff National Park

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

Peak hiking season might be over, but that’s no excuse not to start planning next year’s adventures. With more than 21,000 combined miles of trails in the U.S. National Park Service alone, there is a lot of ground to be covered in terms of hiking. So strap on those water-resistant boots, and prepare to knock out Yelp’s ten most breathtaking trails across the U.S. and Canada.

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Hikes in the US and Canada according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the hiking category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in the United States and Canada. All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of September 25, 2022.

Hanging Lake Trail – Glenwood Springs, CO

Photos by Yelpers Chris J, Kourtbey N, Matt C

“Words alone can not describe this place. The unparalleled beauty of this place is worth the hike that it takes to get here. One of two hanging lakes on Earth this is something special.” – Yelper Scott F.

Billy Goat Trail – Section A – Potomac, MD

Photos by Yelpers Jules C, James M, Ruth L

“This place is beautiful and breathtaking. Amazing views that overlook the Potomac river. We did section A. It is important to dress appropriately. Something comfortable and good hiking shoes because you will be rock hopping and climbing, using your hands and everything, really intense but a great experience.” – Yelper Akua A.

Valley of Fire State Park – Overton, NV

Photos by Yelpers Jacqueline T, Angel W, Tassanee A

“I have been here many times and am still in awe of the beauty of this place!! There are numerous hikes to go on and you’ll definitely find one that fits your ability and needs! The fire wave is definitely a must do!!” – Yelper Charlette E.

Ecola State Park – Cannon Beach, OR

Photos by Yelpers Kim G, Joe S, Ruben C

“For my first trip to the Pacific Northwest, I had visions in my head of what I imagined and hoped it would be like. And boy… Ecola State Park didn’t just meet those expectations, they plain blew them right out of the water!” – Yelper Sarah S.

Angel’s Landing – Springdale, UT

Photos by Yelpers TheLuxuryLowDownBlog, Jonel Y, Hannah S

“This hike was one of the BEST by far for me. Regardless of it being known as extreme difficulty, one must challenge oneself to gain the notoriety of saying.. I DID IT!!! I’ve done the Emeralds pool, Observation point trail here in Zion, but this tops it all.” – Yelper Brenda L.

Mount Rainier National Park – Ashford, WA

Photos by Yelpers Emily C, Cecily W, Kris R

“It’s beautiful. If you’ve been thinking whether or not you should take a trip here, just please do yourself a huge favor and treat yourself to a hike in this national park. ALSO on the way here, don’t miss out on the turquoise, glimmering, lake.. my friend and I were in complete awe.” – Yelper Joanne W.

Yellowstone National Park – Yellowstone National Park, WY

Photos by Yelpers Jacqueline T, Aileen M

“Visiting Yellowstone National Park has been on my bucket list for more than a decade. Everyone I spoke with had sung high praises of their visit, and I have to say Yellowstone was far beyond my expectations.” – Yelper Elizabeth L.

Stawamus Chief Provincial Park – BC, Canada

Photos by Yelpers Lac T, Michelle F, Aalsheha Z

“As for the hike itself, signs leading up will warn you people have to be rescued from this trail and to make sure people know where you’re hiking because this hike is not for the weak. The trailhead starts with rock stairs leading to wooden stairs and they are steep. The view from the top though is breathtaking and a hike up this will leave you very proud!” Yelper Janet N.

Yoho National Park – BC, Canada

Photos by Yelpers Niki B, Sara Marissa G, Melinda F

“One of the most beautiful national parks I’ve been to!! I choose Yoho NP as my first backpacking spot and it was perfect! The terrain was not too difficult (perfect for new backpackers) and the campgrounds were so scenic.” – Yelper Anna-Marie T.

Lake Agnes – Alberta, Canada

Photos by Niki B, Leesa M, Nina S

“The Lake Agnes hike is moderate, but the incline does get intense at moments. It is worth it though. You pass Mirror Lake along the way, which is a great place to pause, relax, drink some water, and take some photos before you carry on the way. Lake Agnes is a gorgeous lake that feels remote even though you have other hikes nearby.” – Yelper Leesa M.

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