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The Best Mountain Ranges for Hiking

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List of top mountain hiking ranges. What are the best places to mountain hike? This list ranks the best destinations for hiking, one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities.

Though most hikers usually follow a trail, there are different variations of hiking. There are day hikes that can be completed in one day or backpacking hikes that take multiple days to complete. Some hikes involve walking through dense forests. The reward of mountain hiking is being able to experience the beauty of nature along with the health benefits of altitude climbing. Sometimes hiking involves camping. 

Materials needed for a hike depends on the location, and choosing the right hike for your skill level is essential. Hiking in the Himalayas, for example, is very different than hiking the Grand Canyon. Most hikers carry a backpack, but heavier packs can make long-distance hiking difficult. Hiking boots, water, sunscreen, a compass and first aid kit are all essential items no matter the length or terrain of a hike. Like any recreational sport, there are dangers to hiking. Doing research on trails is the most important way to be prepared for different conditions. 

Where are the top destinations for mountain hiking? This list ranks the world's best hikes.  
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    10
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    36
    7

    Patagonia

    Western Hemisphere, South America
  • 3
    35
    6

    Grand Canyon

    United States of America, United States
  • 4
    29
    7

    Italian Dolomites

  • 5
    36
    16

    Alps

    Europe
  • 6
    38
    20

    Canadian Rockies

    Alberta, Canada
  • 7
    27
    13

    Yosemite National Park

    California, USA
  • 8
    24
    10

    Rocky Mountains

    North America
  • 9
    15
    3
  • 10
    18
    6

    Lake District

    United Kingdom
  • 11
    26
    17

    Pyrenees

    Southern Europe
  • 12
    16
    6

    Madeira

    Atlantic Ocean
  • 13
    19
    10

    San Bernardino Mountains

    California, USA
  • 14
    14
    5

    Cantabrian Mountains

    Spain
  • 15
    15
    6

    Azores

    Atlantic Ocean
  • 16
    12
    2

    Fjord Norway

  • 17
    14
    6

    Hokkaido

    Japan
  • 18
    12
    4

    Yandang Mountains

  • 19
    4
    2

    Julian Alps

    Slovenia
  • 20
    15
    9

    Transylvanian Alps

  • 21
    13
    7

    Long Range Mountains

    Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • 22
    11
    4

    Rhodope Mountains

    Bulgaria
  • 23
    15
    10
  • 24
    4
    2

    Pindhos Mountains

  • 25
    10
    5

    Presidential Range

    White Mountains, USA