The 10 Best US Cities for Hiking, Says New Study — Best Life – Best Life

Hiking provides a great way to not only get outside and explore, but also to get in some exercise. However, if you live in the city, you might think you can’t go hiking unless you travel far beyond the city limits. According to Lawnstarter’s 2022 Best Cities for Hiking study, that’s not always true.

The study looks at 13 hiker-friendly factors such as hiking access, trail difficulty, and safety to determine which U.S. cities offer great hiking. Here’s a closer look at the cities that made the top 10. And next, don’t miss The No. 1 Vacation You Should Book Right Now.


From the coast to the mountains, San Diego invites hikers of all skill levels to explore its many trails. In the 600,000-acre Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, you’ll find numerous hiking trails, but some of the best are those that showcase the park’s wildflowers. These include the Cactus Loop and the Hellhole Canyon trail. In the mountains, consider the Lower Doane & French Valley loop at Palomar Mountain State Park or the hike along the shoreline of Lake Cuyamaca. More skilled hikers will love the challenge of climbing Stonewall Peak at the Paso Pichacho Campground.

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Surrounded by natural beauty, Las Vegas offers much more than flashing lights, gambling, and top-notch shows and entertainment. In fact, just outside the glitz of neon, you’ll find plenty of hiking trails to keep you moving. And, according to the Lawnstarter study, Las Vegas sits in a five-way tie for second as having the lowest natural hazard risk while hiking. A good starting point is the Desert National Wildlife Refuge, which includes several trails, including the Corn Creek trails that start right behind the visitors center. Another popular hiking spot, the Mount Charleston Wilderness area includes 40 miles of trails along the Spring Mountains.


Because it sits in a high desert valley, Boise offers numerous hiking trails in the nearby foothills and mountains to challenge all hikers. One of the city’s most popular trails, the Table Rock Trail includes a 994-foot gain in elevation as you travel the 3.4-mile trail. In the 734-acre Military Reserve …….


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