The Best Hike in Every National Park

Outside Magazine (September 18, 2019) by Jonathan Olivier


From Alaska’s remote bush to downtown Cleveland, our national parks provide us with millions of acres of public land to explore. We compiled a list of the best hikes in each park, according to the wilderness guides, park rangers, and hikers who know them.


The Expert: Pat Johnson, Maine Outdoor Adventure Club trip leader
The Hike: Penobscot and Sargent Mountain Loop

Summit two of the park’s highest peaks on this 9.5-mile loop through thick spruce forest that eventually gives way to pink-tinted granite crags. The route offers access to three carriage-road bridges, relics from John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s philanthropic work—consider detouring less than a half mile to the 230-foot-long Cliffside Bridge.


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