Top Activity: Great Hiking

Family hiking in the North Cascades with a park ranger
Holly Werran, REI
Hiking is one of the best ways to experience the wild. If you opt for backcountry hiking, you can escape the crowds, view great wild scenery and increase your odds of spotting wildlife.

You can imagine that within the 650 million acres of public lands that there are lots of great places to hike. Here are a few of our favorite hiking spots from within the places we work:

Rocky Mountain Front

Montana's Rocky Mountain Front is a hiking gateway where the prairie meets a wall of towering peaks. Elk, grizzlies and bighorn sheep roam some of the best wildlife habitat in this part of the United States.

Owyhee Canyonlands

The otherworldly Owyhee Canyonlands in Idaho are among the most remote areas of the continental United States. Sagebrush and juniper cover the dry desert grounds which rise up into mountains, hoodoos (tall thin rock formations), natural arches and river canyons.

Sierra Nevada

California's Sierra Nevada mountains have thousands of miles of well-maintained trails for hiking. While majestic peaks like Mt. Whitney (the tallest in the lower 48 states) rise thousands of feet, the relatively flat lands between are accessible for hiking.