Posted on July 25 2018
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The Intermountain West is a fancy, geographical term referring to the western portion of the United States that lies in between the Sierra Nevadas and Cascade Range in the west and the Rocky Mountains in the east. This description alone is enough to imagine the wonderful hiking opportunities available in the area. Here are the five most beautiful hikes in the Intermountain West.
1. Kolob Canyon
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Although many people aren't familiar with the official name, the Kolob Canyon is located in the wildly popular Zion National Park. This northwest section of the park is known for diverse landscapes and deep-red colors. There are countless hikes around the Kolob Canyon that range in difficulty, but all provide beautiful scenery.
2. Cascade Canyon Trail
The Grand Tetons are a relatively unsung part of Wyoming. Located just south of the famous Yellowstone National Park, this mountain range typically goes unnoticed. One of the most beautiful hikes in this region is the Cascade Canyon Trail that takes hikers between two of the tallest Teton peaks. Hikers are rewarded with stunning views of the lake below and the valley in between the mountains.
3. Cecret Lake
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Cecret Lake is an isolated lake that lies just outside of Salt Lake City. The hike up to this gorgeous lake is only around two miles round trip with a total elevation gain of 300 ft. Despite being a relatively easy hike, the views surrounding Cecret Lake are incredible. The mountains and forests offer a stunning backdrop to this beautiful lake.
4. North Kaibab Trail (Grand Canyon)
The Grand Canyon requires no introduction to avid hikers. This mile-deep canyon offers some of the most beautiful hiking opportunities in the United States. The North Kaibab Trail is one of the most complete hiking routes in this area as it covers the Canyon from the North to South Rim. This hike isn't for the timid hiker, but the views along the trail are phenomenal.
5. Continental Divide Trail
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The Continental Divide Trail extends from Canada to Mexico and is one of the longest hiking routes in the United States. This long-distance hike trails through some of the most beautiful spots in the Intermountain West including Yellowstone National Park, Glacier Valley and more. The Continental Divide takes anywhere between four and five months on average. For those who don't want to hike for this long, the CDT can be broken down and hiked in sections.
The Intermountain West is one of the most diverse and beautiful regions in the United States. Hiking is the best way to see the fantastic scenery offered in this area. These five hikes are just a few of the wonderful hikes that can be found in the Intermountain West.