Great Hiking Trails

Retirement and Hiking


In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. -John Muir
 The following ten locations represent a selection of great hiking trails:
Retirement and Hiking-Kalalau Trail Kalalau Trail Kauai, Hawaii, United States

The challenging 11 mile Kalalau Trail, along the Na Pali coastline, provides hikers with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Originally developed in the 1800s and upgraded in the 1930s, the Trail runs along cliffs that fall to the Pacific Ocean where waves crash incessantly then winds through tropical valleys, passing spectacular waterfalls and majestic mountains. Whales and dolphins off the coast are an added attraction for hikers on this world-class trail.

Retirement and Hiking-Fitz Roy Fitz Roy Patagonia, Argentina

The Fitz Roy Trek is in the Los Glaciares National Park, which is considered by many to be the most scenic park in South America. Hiking the complete trail of approximately 36 miles can take from four to seven days passing some of the most magnificent sights including the pink rock spires of Fitz, St. Exupery, Cerro Torre and Poincenot and 40 major glaciers. February and March are the best times to hike this Trail to avoid the winds and the summer crowds.

Retirement and Hiking-West Coast Trail West Coast Trail British Columbia, Canada

The West Coast Trail offers hikers a combination of terrain and vistas not available on most other hikes. The Trail runs along coastlines and beaches, through rain forests, by flowing rivers, near waterfalls, magnificent mountains and historical sites. Wolves and Bears may be spotted inland and whales and sea lions off the coast. Hiking the 47-mile Trail, which is open from May through September takes anywhere from 4 to 7 days.

Retirement and Hiking-Zion Narrows Zion Narrows Utah, United States

The approximate 16-mile Zion Narrows trail is considered to be one of the finest canyon trails in the world. While some of the hike can seem effortless it can become a moderate to strenuous trek at times when walking through streams and crossing boulders. The hike is a stunning display of slot canyons with sandstone walls sometimes rising to thousands of feet, waterfalls and the occasional burst of color from plants growing through the canyon walls.

Retirement and Hiking-Inca Trail Inca Trail Peru

Hiking the 27-mile Inca Trail is a hike through tropical jungles and cloud forests to alpine heights passing many ancient ruins and ultimately reaching the destination at the spectacular lost city of Machu Picchu. Because of the popularity of the Trail an advanced reservation is required and only about 500 people are allowed to enter the trail each day. The trail is open from April until October.