Mother Earth has breathtaking features. From the deep seas to the mighty Oceans, to the highest peaks and the scorching deserts, this planet gives us some of the most extreme joys of nature. One such pleasure is the numerous hiking trails that dot the earth. These trail experiences are both breathtaking for their precipitous nature as well as give ample adventure to its seekers. Strewn across rugged mountain ranges and broken paths, hikers risk life and limb, at times to achieve inner satisfaction. No doubt, health, and fitness play such an essential part of these activities.
Some of the most sought after hiking trails are as follows:
Jiankou to Mutianyu, Great Wall of China
Now if you had thought, even for a moment, that hiking was only mountains and hilltops, you are thoroughly mistaken. Any approach which insists on walking long distances over uneven terrain can be considered a hiking trail. And that is the major difference between a hike and an urban walk.
The Great Wall of China is one of the man’s wonders. The sheer scale of this structure and the length it covers are breathtaking. Moreover, if you have seen pictures of the Great Wall, you would have assumed that such a tourist spot would be a leisurely walk in the park. It sure is not. Most of the pictures we have seen of this engineering marvel are the ones which are frequented by tourists and are well maintained. The ones that are invisible to the tourist’s pamphlets are the ones who have fallen to disrepair and are crumbling. These are the sections which are a true delight to hike in. Run over by vegetation and covered in moss, in certain parts, the Great Wall does have its moments. Since, it snakes across the mountains, be prepared for steep climbs. Altogether an exhilarating affair to remember.
The Zion Narrows, Zion National Park
We have talked about Angel’s Landing and here comes it’s more sought after fellow region, the Zion Narrows. It is no doubt one of the most popular hikes and hikers spare no effort to flock to the North Fork of the Virgin River to absorb what true adventure feels like. Sheer rock walls surround the Zion Narrow is surrounded, and its incredible beauty is simply out of the world. It is a challenging hiking trail, and one needs to be prepared to face the challenges ahead.
Half Dome, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is a natural treasure. And the Half Dome one of its best gifts. From atop the Half Dome, the Yosemite National Park looks ethereal. However, to get there, you have to climb the cables. And that is a thrill by itself. It is a steep climb, and though there are cables to help you, mind it, the going is not going to be easy. However, it sure is going to be worth it.