Monday, November 26, 2018

Welcome to Discover the West

The American and Canadian west is home to thousands of miles of hiking trails. From the glacially carved mountains of Glacier National Park, to the red rock deserts of Sedona, hikers can find a wide range of hiking opportunities to satisfy their need for adventure, or to simply find solitude in wilderness.

"The tendency nowadays to wander in wilderness is delightful to see. Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."

-- John Muir

Discover the West is based on all the trails Kathy and I have hiked over the last several years. We put this website together to help you discover some of the best hikes the western United States and the Canadian Rockies have to offer.

Here you'll find a range of hikes in Banff, Jasper, Rocky Mountain, Zion, Bryce, Arches, Grand Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Glacier, Mt. Ranier, Redwoods and Yosemite National Parks, as well as in many of the national forests, national monuments and other public lands scattered throughout the west.

**To get started, simply use the Hiking Trail Directory - organized by state - located in the upper right column**


Hikers can also visit one of our four sister websites, each of which offer comprehensive hiking trail coverage for Grand Teton, Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks:

* Teton Hiking Trails

* Hiking in Glacier

* Rocky Mountain Hiking Trails

* Hiking in the Smokies

You can now purchase the mobile version of our online trail guide for Grand Teton National Park:

Exploring Grand Teton National Park: The Comprehensive Hiking Guide from


The author of this website and the four online national park trail guides, is also the author of Ramble On: A History of Hiking, which chronicles the rich history of hiking.


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