Great American Hiking Challenges

Great American Hiking Challenges

In partnership with Merrell

Hiking has always been one of our favorite ways to move in nature. It’s a slow burn, a steady climb, a rhythmic mode of travel that allows our minds to wander as we do. And beyond the daypack essentials, all you really need are good shoes on your feet and a route in mind.

But getting out there consistently, along with knowing where to hike next, can be difficult. So what could motivate us to get out there more often and onto new trails?

A hiking challenge might be the answer.

Because we sometimes need a little external motivation to get us up a new, steep trail, and checking off a list can be oh-so satisfying, we compiled a guide to hiking challenges throughout the United States.

Sorted by region, these hiking challenges can help you go further:


Check out more Northeast challenges.



Blue skies in the sagebrush foothills, traversing sandy trails in Merrell’s Bare Access Flex 2 trail runners — photo by Hailey Hirst


Find more Western hiking challenges.


A southwestern trail after a storm. Luckily the Ontario Mid boots are waterproof! — photo by Laura Hughes



What’s your favorite hiking challenge?

This article was produced with support from our brand partner Merrell, who believe the outdoors is for everybody and every body. The hikers featured in these photographs are wearing various Merrell footwear, as specified in captions.

  1. […] about local challenges near you, or you can simply do a Google search for local challenges. This article lists a number of other great […]

  2. And what happened to the Southeast? Carolina Mountain Club, based in Asheville, has 8 challenges
    We have the highest mountains east of the Mississippi, higher than the Northeast.

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