Looking for the best hiking, skiing, and walking trails across America? The U.S. National Trails System is celebrating 50 years of the great outdoors. In honor of this event, Men’s Journal has made a list of the best trails in the country. So if you’re looking for a new challenge and aren’t afraid of the cold, listen up. We’ve found three amazing trails for you to explore this winter:
1. The Birkie Trail – Hayward, Wisconsin
Here's a trail system that covers 65 miles of world-class, cross country terrain that cuts right through the rolling Wisconsin Pine Forest.The forest is home to the famous 50 kilometer American Birkebeiner, where more than 13,000 racers will be part of North America’s largest cross country ski race. This year’s event will take place February 24th. Birkie also plans to break records in 2018 by hosting the biggest Fat Bike Race on the planet. Ticket prices won’t break the bank either, with day passes for the trail starting at $10.
2. Eiseman Hut Trail – Summit County, Colorado
The Eiseman Hut is part of the non-profit group 10th Mountain Division’s system of 34 different huts. All of its lodges are connected by 350 miles of backcountry routes open for skiing and hiking. The trail to Eiseman Hut is the toughest, though. It is an all-day, 7-mile trek that will reward all of your hard work with a wraparound view of the Rockies and the Vail Ski Resort. Prices for the hut run around $33 per person each night.
3. The Lost Palms Oasis Tail – Joshua Tree National Park, California
Lost Palms Oasis takes you through this national park’s classic landscape of sandstone boulders and Joshua trees to a canyon oasis filled with palm trees, and even a little bit of water from the Salton Sea. The trail is 3.5 miles and takes hikers through amazing views, but the sense of peaceful isolation is what keeps hikers coming back for more. Vehicle entrance fees for the park will put you back around $25.
So whether you’re looking for an exciting challenge or a peaceful getaway, these favorites will leave you feeling reenergized.
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