Machu Picchu on your bucket list? Take the back way.
How about seeing the jagged spikes of Patagonia's Monte Fitz Roy? Hike the shores of nearby Laguna Capri and take in the mountain's reflection in this turquoise alpine lake.
These are two of adventure guide Kasey Austin's favorite hikes in the world --and she knows a thing or two about hiking. As daughter of Austin-Lehman Adventures partner Dan Austin, travel is in Kasey Austin's blood. Since she was six, Austin has traveled extensively in the Americas and Europe, having worn out twelve pairs of hiking boots in the last eleven years.
She now leads tours for Austin-Lehman in Yellowstone National Park, the Tetons, and on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula.
-The Editors, The Active Times
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The work to get up to Beehive Basin is worth the effort. Beginning with views of the Big Sky Valley, this trail snakes its way along a trickling, snow-fed creek, across mountain slopes carpeted with wildflowers. Upon reaching the basin, a small unnamed mountain lake awaits you surrounded by open vistas, tall mountains, and snow! A picnic lunch on the lakeshore followed by some trout fishing or a snowball fight is sure to be on your agenda for the afternoon! 6.4 miles round trip Photo Credit: Austin-Lehman Adventures See the complete list of the World’s Most Amazing Hikes
This is the “back way” to get to Machu Picchu by foot and the 40+ mile trail takes you through 15 different ecosystems over the course of 7 days. Along the way, you’ll spend the night in beautiful, luxurious mountain lodges complete with hot tea upon arrival, warm water bottles in your bed at night, and a hot tub right outside the door where you can gaze upwards at the star-studded Peruvian skies. For an alternate to the popular Inca Trail (with entrance into Machu Picchu via the iconic Sun Gate) the Salkantay Trail with its dramatic scenery, fewer people, and stunning lodges cannot be beat! 41 miles point to point Photo Credit: Austin-Lehman Adventures See the complete list of the World’s Most Amazing Hikes
Strap on the crampons for this guided glacier walk on the massive Columbia Icefield of the Rocky Mountains. A specially trained glacier guide will ensure you’re properly outfitted to safely discover the world of glacier ice by foot! Stare down into the abyss of a glacial crevasse as you trek past a gaping hole within the glacier. Learn your glacier terminology as you view a moraine or millwell up close. Take in the craggy, glacially carved landscape as your guide provides the history of this fascinating area. 3 to 5 miles, round trip Photo Credit: Austin-Lehman Adventures See the complete list of the World’s Most Amazing Hikes
One of the most famous and thrilling hikes within the US National Park system. Those with a fear of heights may choose to pass for something less intimidating. This narrow and eye-popping hike in Zion’s main red rock canyon will definitely test your limits when it comes to its dizzying drop-offs and deep chasm views. During the hike you’ll walk along a narrow ridge with drop-offs on each side and pull yourself up a rock face by way of anchored chains. Don’t forget to ascend Walter’s Wiggles along the way! Upon reaching Angel’s Landing, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking 360-degree views that make it 100-percent worth it! 4.8 miles round trip Photo Credit: Austin-Lehman Adventures See the complete list of the World’s Most Amazing Hikes
Voted “one of the best short hikes in Great Britain.” Fortunately, despite receiving this accolade, this hike does not see as many trekkers as one would think. This walk begins in a spectacular chasm leading to a meadow, where a waterfall tumbles over 320 feet from a high mountain. The stunning valley surrounding you, featured in Braveheart, promises jaw-dropping views that will make you feel as if you’re walking the set of a movie. 5 miles round trip Photo Credit: Austin-Lehman Adventures See the complete list of the World’s Most Amazing Hikes
Monte Fitz Roy rises above the serene waters of Laguna Capri for a classic Patagonia view. There are a number of hillocks along the lake creating unique vantage points for photography of the lake and surrounding scenery. Trekking around this area will provide views of sprawling glaciers, jagged peaks, and turquoise lakes that look unlike anything you’ve ever had the pleasure to see. 4 to 8 miles, round trip See the complete list of the World’s Most Amazing Hikes Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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