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The 7 National Park Trails to Tackle, Stat

On the cusp of the National Parks Service’s 101st birthday, we asked the United By Blue team to spill about their favorite parks — and the best ways to explore them. (Though honestly, with 84.4 million acres of protected, wild land to explore, it’s very hard to go wrong.) Here’s their take on which trails to take.

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Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park

dave
zion

“You place your trust in a chain to scale a trail 1K feet above a canyon. I felt like I was on Mars. The rock was sturdy and brilliantly colored, and I saw big horned sheep. I hiked until the face got too sheer. It was jaw dropping, mind bending, and surreal.”

Dave, Wholesale Rep


Hoh River Trail in Olympic National Park

brianna
olympic

“Most of Olympic is inaccessible by car, so this is one of the few trails that you can get to, but you still have to drive for several hours into the rainforest and then take the 17 mile hike deeper into the woods. Most Olympic visitors stop at Hurricane Ridge, but I highly recommend going into the Hoh Rain Forest. The waterfall and the glacier lake are amazing, but what really makes the trail worth it is this sense of ancient, mysterious wilderness. I’ve never felt that anywhere else.”

Brianna, Head of Design


Big Trees Trail in Sequoia National Park

carolyn
sequoia

“Simply put, the trees are enormous. It's humbling to see such giants! The Big Trees Trail is accessible, and it’s the home of the General Sherman Tree — the world’s biggest (known) tree.”

Carolyn, Distribution Center Manager


Skull Rock Nature Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

cara
joshua tree

"Joshua Tree is my favorite place I've ever been. It was my first trip to a desert, and I was fascinated by the landscape. Despite the dry soil and air, there is nature everywhere, and the giant rocks are so fun to climb over. It looks like a world out of Dr. Seuss, and I'm always daydreaming about it. If you can, camp for multiple nights! The park has so much to offer and see; you can’t do it all in one day.”

Cara, Cleanup Operations Assistant


Lupine Meadows Trail in Grand Teton National Park

matt
teton

“If the weather is clear, you’re with a good group, and you don’t mind hiking uphill for hours on end, summit the Grand. The trail and route to the summit is incredible because it gains so much elevation (7,000 feet), and you get to see so many different things along the way. You start in the valley with beautiful wildflowers, then you move through waterfalls, then onto a few glaciers, and lastly to the alpine where you climb on beautiful, exposed rock with unbelievable views.”

Matt, Sales Manager


Devil’s Punchbowl in Klondike Gold Rush National Park

danny
klondike

“Outside the tiny town of Skagway, Alaska there are a number of different hiking trails ranging in difficulty. The Chilkoot Trail is perhaps the most well known and most intense at 33 miles long (I only did 7 miles of it), but the Devil’s Punchbowl was one of the more challenging hikes I’ve ever done. It’s about 9 miles roundtrip to get to the "punchbowl" (a small, blue mountain lake) with over 4,000 feet elevation gain. The epic views over the fjord, mountains, glaciers, and the tiny port of Skagway make the endeavor well worth it.”

Danny, Barista and Sales Associate


Hell's Bay Canoe Trail in Everglades National Park

everglades
everglades

“This trail weaves through roughly 5 miles of red mangrove swamp and is one of my favorites because you are completely surrounded by wildlife. You're semi-sheltered by mangroves for most of the trail, and it really allows you an upclose view of the myriad of species that live in the mangroves — including the occasional alligator. Don’t forget to check water levels: They tend to be a bit lower from February through May, which can make the trail difficult to navigate. And be prepared (like really prepared) for mosquitoes.”

Danielle Conyers, Distribution Center Associate


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