Hikers are spoiled for choice in the Lake Tahoe area of California. The centerpiece of this region of outstanding natural beauty is the largest alpine lake in North America. Lake Tahoe – formed around two million years ago – is renowned for its crisp, clear waters, and the many peaks that encircle it. Considered the jewel of these is Mount Tallac; it’s the tallest Tahoe peak, and offers the finest views. Hikers can pick from a number of Mount Tallac trailheads, but it’s the eponymous one that’s most frequented. This leads through lush forest and wildflower meadows, and provides stunning vantage points over Floating Island Lake and Cathedral Lake. June to October is the best period for hiking up to Mount Tallac.
Colorado is a bona fide hotspot for hikers in the US, with Vail being one of its prime territories in which to enjoy a good schlep. The range of trails here cater to every denomination of hiker; Ptarmigan Loop and Firewood, for example, are scenic, tree-line trails, while Ridge Route offers an intermediate ridge climb of four miles and breathtaking scenery along the way. More serious climbers should ponder a more challenging wander to Booth Falls. At a total of just under 10 miles – and with an elevation gain of 3,000 – this hike is no walk in the park. The rewards are rich: Aspen groves, vivid wildflowers, and a number of falls, including Booth Falls itself (a majestic 60-feet-high). After your intense workout, you can enjoy the luxuries in one of the many hotel condominiums in Vail.
Diamond Head Summit Trail, Oahu
Waikiki Beach and its beautiful hotel condominiums may be what lures in many of Oahu’s tourists, but no visit here is complete without a hike along the Diamond Head Summit Trail. The hike starts out at the Diamond State Head Monument, situated directly in the middle of the Diamond Head volcano crater (it’s been dormant for some 150,000 years). Hikers then ascend from the crater floor, up the inside of its steep rim, passing through lush vegetation – home to exotic Hawaiian birds. At the top you’re greeted by former World War II bunkers, from which you’re gifted with 360-degree views of the island, including nearby Waikiki Beach.
Deer Valley, Utah
‘Small’ is not a word that’s in the vocabulary of Deer Valley Resort in Utah. No fewer than six mountains are located within the 2,000 acre ski resort. In the summer, when the snow begins to melt, the skis come off and the hiking boots go on. The most popular Deer Valley peak to climb is Bald Mountain. Starting out from Silver Lake Village, hikers can work their way up three distinctive trails: Sultan Out and Back, Silver Lake and Ontario Canyon. All three wend their way through dense pine forest, and have scenic stop-offs en route to the highest point. Silver Lake Village itself provides hikers with a café, first aid, and bike rentals.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Hikers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming can get off to a flying start: The Aerial Tram here ascends 4,139 feet in nine minutes, leaving you right in the thick of the lofty peaks of the Southern Tetons. Those looking to take it easy, or with small children, can opt for one of Jackson Hole’s more moderate hikes. Top of the World is a 45-minute round trip that whisks hikers along the Rendezvous Mountain ridgeline and through blankets of alpine wildflowers. Another easygoing trail is Corbet’s Trail – which leads to the entrance of Corbet’s Couloir, tackled in the winter by skiers and boarders. A more challenging Jackson Hole hike comes in the form of Ride Up, Walk Down – a summit-to-the-base (or the other way round) trail across both Rendezvous and Apres Vous Mountains. Moose and deer are common sights along this here. As the name suggests, if you’ve walked up to the top of the mountains, you’re eligible for the free tram ride back down!
Happy Hiking… Until next time from the hotelhomes.com team
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