While the idea of hiking during summer can be sweat-inducing, it can also be a good experience. It all depends on the location and a great one can really make for an exhilarating and satisfying hike. Following are few locations around the world for the perfect hike during summer months.
- Porcupine Mountains, Michigan, USA
With a name like that, some might think that the Porcupine is a thorny trail. The Porcupine Mountains are actually named so because of their shape! They belong to the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and are great for hiking. In fact, the Porcupine Mountains offer some of the best hiking trails in Midwest United States. Spread over a vast area of 6,000 acres, the park is one of the biggest national parks in US. The trails are scattered throughout the park and cover a wide variety of sceneries and experiences. There are trails which are as short ½ mile and there are also trails which take multiple days. Campsites are available for all the multi-day trails. The park is also equipped with mountain cabins which hikers can use for staying overnight.
- Herdubreid, Iceland
The Herdubreid is a mountain that stands tall at 1682 meters. It is popularly referred to as ‘Queen of Iceland Mountains’. Quite the national gem, this mountain is known for being steep. Quite a few loose rocks are also there which are easy to step on to. While it can be quite challenging to get to the top, it is worth a try. Even if you don’t get to the top, you will be able to enjoy the picturesque surroundings. For a long time, it was believed that Herdubreid was impossible to hike on. The first ever attempt was made only in 1872 by a British hiker. However, the first successful hike wasn’t completed till the year 1908. That is when a German and an Icelander climbed their way to the top.
- The Atlas Mountains
The Atlas mountain range is spread across Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The mountains boast of green valleys and tall snow-capped peaks. It is also covered with numerous hiking trails. Unlike the Herdubreid, the Atlas Mountain can be quite easy to hike. The ‘High Atlas Mountains’ area is the most easily accessible area. It is also known as the area with the most spectacular views. The High Atlas Mountains can be easily reached through a trail from the town of Imlil. However, it might take the whole day to reach that trail. Because of the long hours involved in coming and going, it is a good idea to camp on the mountains. You can simply relax at a small guest house on the mountains and enjoy the scenery all around.
- Fann Mountains, Tajikistan
Fann Mountains provides some of the most scenic hiking routes in the world. The trails are quite easy to complete. There are some treks which can even take up to two weeks. All of these trails are accessible by foot and also by car. Visit the Fann Mountains for a versatile trekking experience. The Fann Mountains are popular with hikers because of the easy access and also because no permissions are required.
- Bucegi Mountains, Romania
Bucegi Mountains is highly popular as a winter hiking destination. However, it is also a great summer hiking destination. Several hikers visit the mountains during summer for hiking and for backpacking. There are several trails leading towards the mountains. Most hikers choose to start their trails at either Sinaia or Busteni. Both of them are small towns and provide the best ways to get to the mountains. Busteni offers not one, but two trails towards the Bucegi Mountains. You can take a cable car from the western part of the town. As you reach the mountains, you will be greeted by beautiful rock formations known as ‘Babele’. Literally translating to ‘old women’, these rock formations actually look like mushrooms!
- Pamir Mountains – Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
Pamir Mountain range is one of the least-explored areas in the world. Spread across three countries, they provide absolutely unspoiled hiking locations. The mountain range is known to attract hikers who love a challenging hiking experience. There are some routes which take as much as 23 days to be completed.
- Cambrian Mountains, Wales, United Kingdom
The Cambrian Mountains are as diverse as it gets. Consisting of both high peaks and low valleys, they also contain plenty of rivers and lakes. Both cycling and hiking are very popular activities at the mountains. There are both tough and easy routes on these trails. Some of them are quite challenging, like the one which you take to the top of Pumlumon. The Pumlumon is the highest point in the Ceredigion area.
- Tatra Mountains, Poland and Slovakia
Located at the border of Slovakia and Poland, the Tatra Mountains are one of the most popular destinations for hikers in central Europe. Most hikers love to come here during summer. The mountains offer a beautiful panoramic view of lakes, valleys, peaks and meadows. There are some resorts too for a complete vacation experience. Most hiking areas are easily accessible because of the infrastructure.
- Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan
This is the trail to go to if you want to achieve complete nirvana. The Arashiyama Trail is considered a national treasure by the Japanese and is known for its incredible natural beauty. Spread alongside the Oi River, it is a lovely trail consisting of cherry blossoms, temples and bridges. While on the trail, you will come across the famous Tenryuji Temple, the Sagano Romantic Train, and the Togetsukyo Bridge. There is also the huge bamboo forest which is perfect for a slow stroll. Arashiyama is a great place for a day’s hike. The park is also home to several monkeys whose antics are known to entertain the hikers. They aren’t scared of visitors at all and live in their own ‘Monkey Park’.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina, USA
The name surely is an inviting one. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a UNESCO protected area. It is the second-most visited national park in the US, drawing 10 million visitors every year. The park is scattered with trails of various types, ranging from easy to tough. There is something for everyone in the massive 1370 kilometer of trails.
Originally posted 2017-05-05 06:04:58.