These ten hikes are extraordinary experiences in unique places for those who believe life is better spent collecting memories than things.
Emerald pond at Illecillewaet Icefield from Perley Rock in Glacier National Park, Canada
Following are a few hikes considered to be among the very best in North America. Each is a uniquely spectacular experience likely to create an indelible, life-long memory.
All are reasonably aggressive and none would be recommended as season openers or for inexperienced hikers. Due diligence and planning is important for each hike.
All selections are from posts within this blog. Enjoy!
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Twin Falls in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
This incredible day hike can become a long day hike but you may choose to enjoy Takakkaw Falls, Angel's Staircase, Point Lace Falls, Laughing Falls and Duchesnay Lake along the way. An extraordinary experience.
Additional world-class hikes worthy of investigation in Yoho National Park are Niles Peak, the Iceline and Lake Oesa. Check out this park. Yoho National Park is a small but incredibly spectacular Canadian National Park at Field in southeast British Columbia, Canada.
Imperial Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
This day hike in the thermal quadrant of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA is one of many multi-sense treasures.
Colors are vibrant and the intermittent sound of boiling gushers is divided by a short distance on boardwalk through wetlands to a long, beautiful waterfall.
Pinnacles at the Rock Garden along the hike of Mount Allan in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada
The infamous Centennial Trail provides lofty mountain views to special places between Deadman's Flats and Ribbon Creek in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.
The summit of Mount Allan via Olympic Summit is the south approach from Ribbon Creek. Two additional posts for the Centennial Ridge hike document the North Route and for the entire traverse from Deadman's Flats to Ribbon Creek.
Emerald pond at Illecillewaet Icefield near Perley Rock in Glacier National Park, Canada
This aggressive climb to the edge of the Illecillewaet Icefield in Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada travels through a wide variety of spectacular terrain with commanding long range vistas complementing tiny detail. The hike to Perley Rock and beyond is a sensory extravaganza best achieved in fair weather.
View from Asulkan Hut into the Asulkan Valley at Glacier National Park in British Columbia, Canada
The hike from Glacier House Monument, near the Illecillewaet Campground in Canada's Glacier National Park, British Columbia to Asulkan Hut offers an incredible assortment of breathtaking terrain on a wide variety of hiking trail.
The final approach to Asulkan Hut ascends the long, narrow crest of a lateral moraine. A visual feast opportunity of a lifetime.
An isolated water fall along the route to Swiftcurrent Pass in the Many Glacier section of Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
This hike to Swiftcurrent Pass, and potentially beyond, begins on excellent trail in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park in Montana, USA.
The trail passes a chain of beautiful lakes before crossing a creek and climbing steeply past a glacier to incredible vistas through the valley before curling up to the large cairn at the pass.
Grinnell Falls along the hike to Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
The hike to Grinnell Glacier is arguably the most popular in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.
The trail hosts spectacular features and vistas across Grinnell Valley with it's pristine lakes and waterfalls. The terrain and aura of the place is mesmerizing.
The iconic view back to Valley of the Ten Peaks from Sentinel Pass in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Larch Valley is an iconic and world-famous hike from Moraine Lake above Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.
This popular hike is commonly busy and very crowded in late September when the trees in Larch Valley turn from green to gold.
Eiffel Lakes in the Valley of Ten Peaks in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
An alternative above Moraine Lake along the route to Sentinel Pass is a trail branch into Eiffel Lakes and beyond to Wenkchemna Pass. Golden Larch trees tend to hang on a bit longer here in September.
Turtle Mountain is a unique and historical hike at Frank Slide in the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada
The well-appointed Frank Slide Interpretive Centre in the Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada is a good place to begin for current trail information.
This aggressively ascending hike can be adjusted from moderate to the first summit, to scrambling beyond. Scenery and features are unique and spectacular.
These day hikes in Western Canada are among some of the best on the planet. Collect memories, not things.
Remember to be prepared for fickle mountain weather and carry everything you may need for contingency. Tell someone where you are going and let them know you have returned safely. Have yourself a wonderful day! Stay safe.