Klahhane Ridge via Switchback Trail | Olympic National Park

Klahhane Ridge via Switchback Trail | Olympic National Park

For those with just enough time to complete a longer hike, but may not be equipped for a backpacking trip, Klahhane Ridge via Switchback Trail is one of those sweet paths that fall right in the middle of beginner and intermediate. All you’ll really need for this trail is a great pair of hiking boots, strong legs, and a lot of patience. Oh, and your day hike essentials.

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park | Colorado

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park | Colorado

Though I always recommend visiting a National Park in the slower season, it may be truly advantageous to hit up Black Canyon of the Gunnison at the very beginning of the busy summer months. Not as many people to fight on the South Rim, and the option to experience East Portal Road.

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