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41 2-5 Day Treks to explore in United States

United States

Third largest and third most populous country in the world. Size-wise, it is almost as large as the continent of Europe.

Antora Peak
Antora PeakAntora Peak, Colorado 81155, USA

Antora Peak is a summit in the San Juan Mountains of Saguache County, Colorado. The peak is located in the Brainard Lake Recreation Area of the Arapaho National Forest. The peak is named for Antora Breedlove, one of the first settlers in the area. The peak rises to an elevation of 12,941 feet and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains. There are several hiking trails that lead to the summit, and the peak is popular with climbers and mountaineers.

Atlantic Peak
Atlantic PeakAtlantic Peak, Colorado 80443, USA

Atlantic Peak is one of the tallest mountains in Summit County, Colorado. Standing at an impressive 12,841 feet, it is a popular destination for hikers and climbers looking to test their skills. The summit can be reached via a challenging 5.5-mile hike that gains over 4,000 feet in elevation. Along the way, hikers are treated to stunning views of the surrounding area. Wildlife is also abundant in the region, making it a great place to see some of nature's magnificent creatures up close.

Bald Mountain
Bald MountainBald Mountain, Colorado 80424, USA

Bald Mountain is the tallest peak in Summit County, Colorado, rising to an elevation of 11,943 feet. The mountain is located in the San Isabel National Forest and is popular with hikers, campers, and climbers. There are several trails leading to the summit, and the views from the top are stunning. wildlife includes elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and mountain lions. Bald Mountain is a beautiful place to visit and spend time in nature.

Boulder Canyon Drive
Boulder Canyon DriveBoulder Canyon Dr, Boulder, CO, USA

This is Colorado’s oldest scenic byway, established in 1918. The route winds 55 miles in and out of national forest lands through some of the state’s most striking mountain landscapes and is very easily accessible from Boulder and Denver. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 8 h 0 min to complete. This is a very popular area for scenic driving, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring.

Breckenridge Ski Resort
Breckenridge Ski Resort1599 Ski Hill Rd, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA

Breckenridge Ski Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in Colorado, near the town of Breckenridge. The resort offers a variety of trails and terrain for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. The summit of the resort is 12,998 feet, and the base elevation is 9,600 feet. There are four peaks at the resort, and the longest run is 3.5 miles. Breckenridge Ski Resort is known for its wide variety of terrain, including moguls, groomed trails, powder bowls, and terrain parks.

Bridal Veil Trail
Bridal Veil TrailForest Service Rd 648, Telluride, CO 81435, USA

The Bridal Veil Trail is one of the most popular hiking trails in San Miguel County, Colorado. The trailhead is located just outside the town of Telluride, and the trail winds its way up into the mountains for about 3 miles. Along the way, hikers can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding peaks, as well as a number of waterfalls and cascades. The trail eventually ends at a beautiful alpine lake, where hikers can take a dip or simply enjoy the scenery.

Castle Peak
Castle PeakCastle Peak, Colorado 81611, USA

Castle Peak is the highest point in Pitkin County, Colorado and the ninth highest peak in the state. The summit is located in the Elk Mountains, about 12 miles southwest of Aspen. Castle Peak was first climbed in 1874 by a team led by geologist Ferdinand Hayden. The peak gets its name from its striking resemblance to a medieval castle. Castle Peak is a popular destination for climbers and hikers, and it offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Chumash Wilderness
Chumash WildernessMt Pinos Rd, Frazier Park, CA 93225, USA

A 38,150 acres of Wilderness is situated in the Mt. Pinos Ranger District and is also near the town of Frazier Park. It includes Mt. Pinos which was an integral part of Chumash life and is still extremely important to the local Chumash residents. The vegetation is mainly pine forests in the northern portion and a combination of badlands and chaparral in the south. Hiking and camping are among the many recreational opportunities. Snow in the winter provides opportunities for winter recreation.

Continental Divide Trail
Continental Divide TrailContinental Divide Trail, Colorado, USA

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is much more than just a line on a map: it is a living museum of the American West, a place to reconnect with nature, and a unifying force bringing people of all walks of life together.It is a trail that will make use of all the skills of an experienced backpacker. It is also a trail that is beautiful, stunning and perhaps the most rewarding of the major long-distance hiking trails."

Conundrum Trailhead
Conundrum TrailheadConundrum Creek Rd, Aspen, CO 81611, USA

Conundrum Trailhead is located in the White River National Forest in Pitkin County. The trailhead is accessible from both the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness and the adjoining Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness. The Conundrum Trailhead is a popular starting point for backpacking and hiking trips into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. There are several trails in the area, ranging from easy to difficult. The Conundrum Hot Springs trail is a popular destination for backpackers.

Copper Mountain
Copper MountainCopper Mountain, CO 80443, USA

Copper Mountain, in Summit County, Colorado, is a year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. In the winter, the resort is popular for its skiing and snowboarding, and in the summer, visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and golf. Copper Mountain is also home to a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as a conference center. The resort is located just 75 miles from Denver International Airport, making it an easy getaway for city dwellers.

Dry Creek Trailhead
Dry Creek TrailheadChuck Wagon Trail, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA

Dry Creek Trailhead provides access to the one-mile Dry Creek Trail running through grasslands east of Boulder, and attracts many dog walkers. ITs purpose is to serve the people as a multi-use bicycle/pedestrian trailhead and rest area. It was designed to provide access to the regional trail system and offer an opportunity to rest after using the trail. This site saves and replenishes groundwater, tells the agricultural and water history of the area.

Eagles Nest Wilderness
Eagles Nest WildernessSilverthorne, CO 80498, USA

The Eagles Nest Wilderness is a true wilderness experience, situated in the Summit County area of Colorado. The area is characterized by its high mountain peaks, forests, and rivers. There are several different trails to explore, each offering its own unique scenery and challenges. Whether you're looking for a short day hike or a longer backpacking trip, the Eagles Nest Wilderness has something to offer. Wildlife is abundant in the area, and you might even see some eagles nesting in the cliffs.

Eldorado Canyon Trail
Eldorado Canyon TrailEldorado Canyon Trail, Colorado, USA

Eldorado Canyon is a hiking and climbing Mecca tucked into the Front Range near Boulder and Denver, Colorado. The trail begins on steep, winding switchbacks that gradually moderate through 1.0 miles. It continues steadily up the north wall through intervals of thick timber and open slopes.Kids will love hiking over rocks along the streamside trail, peering into caves, and gazing up at the climbers on the towering canyon walls.

Eleven Mile State Park
Eleven Mile State Park4229 Co Rd 92, Lake George, CO 80827, USA

Eleven Mile State Park is a state park in Park County, Colorado. The park was established in 1909 and covers an area of 11 square miles. Eleven Mile Reservoir is the centerpiece of the park and is a popular destination for fishing, boating, and camping. The reservoir is home to a variety of fish species including rainbow trout, brown trout, and kokanee salmon. The park also offers hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails, as well as picnicking and RV camping.

First Flatiron
First FlatironBoulder, CO 80302, USA

The First is a huge Flatiron with many good face routes starting from the bottom to the top of the East side It dominates the northern end of the Flatirons and is home to some of the longest routes in the area. The massive east face hosts many fine slab climbs while the other faces sweep up to offer many greater challenges. Hike from urban to wilderness by starting at Bluebell-Baird Trail to transition west onto First-Second Flatiron Trail.

Flatirons Vista
Flatirons Vista3663 CO-93, Boulder, CO 80302, USA

Flatirons Vista is the gateway to great trail running circuits from a quick run to marathon training sessions. It is located on the far south end of Boulder. As a continuation of the high Marshall Mesa Plateau, the views of Boulder’s iconic Flatirons are unmatched, especially if you have the opportunity to watch storms rolling in from the west.

Gemini Peak
Gemini PeakGemini Peak, Colorado 80440, USA

Gem Peak is a popular destination for hikers and climbers in Park County, Colorado. The peak is located in the Pike National Forest, and the trailhead is accessible from the town of Fairplay. Gem Peak is one of the tallest peaks in the park, and it offers stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The trail to the summit is moderately difficult, and it can be challenging in places. However, the effort is well worth it, as the views from the top are truly breathtaking.

Halfmoon Pass
Halfmoon PassHalfmoon Pass, Colorado 81130, USA

Halfmoon Pass is a scenic mountain pass located in Saguache County, situated at an elevation of 12,059 feet and provides stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The area around the pass is popular with hikers, campers, and mountain bikers, and it is also a popular destination for backcountry skiers. Halfmoon Pass is one of several high mountain passes in Colorado that remain open year-round, and it provides access to a number of beautiful alpine lakes.

High Line Canal Trail
High Line Canal TrailAirport Rd, Aurora, CO 80011, USA

The High Line Canal Trail is a popular stretch of path through Denver's southside suburbs, winding for 71 miles between Aurora and Roxborough State Park. The trail is owned and operated by Denver Water and follows the canal that keeps Denver watered. The trail passes through many parks, each of which offer different amenities.The trail is paved in Denver and Aurora but has a natural surface in South Suburban, Highlands Ranch, Chatfield, Cherry Hill and Greenwood Village.

Map of 2-5 Day Treks to explore in United States