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Experts and novices alike will find All Trails a helpful website when it comes to learning about America’s trails. Detailed information is provided for thousands of them. The facts are presented in a logical, simple fashion. A typical entry is arranged as follows.

  • Trail and Park Name
  • Difficulty – Star Rating
  • Length – Estimated Time to Complete
  • Notes about current conditions
  • Brief, detailed description

Trails can be sorted in several ways including state, difficulty (easy, moderate, hard), length, elevation gain, route type (loop, out & back, point to point), rating (stars), activity (backpacking, bike touring, bird watching, camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature trips, OHV/Off-road driving, paddle sports, road biking, rock climbing, scenic driving, snowshoeing, skiing, running, X-Country skiing, walking, Via Ferrata), attractions (beach, cave, city walk, event, forest, historic site, hot springs, lake, pub walk, rails trails, river, views, waterfall, wildflowers, wildlife), suitability (dog-friendly, kid-friendly, partially paved, wheelchair friendly, stroller friendly) and trail traffic (light, moderate, heavy). Several filters can be selected, which makes it easy to identify trails that will match individual needs.

Users can get directions, print a map, and save the parks that are most interesting. There’s also information about the best time of year to visit. There are numerous pictures available for each trail. There are also reviews from those who have tried the trails. It’s a treasure trove of valuable and exciting information. Those interested in planning a vacation involving trails have a wonderful tool.

For the beginner, selecting an easy, short, 5-star trail reveals hundreds of choices. One beautiful example is Potem Falls Trail, found in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. This California path is short and will appeal to families with children and dogs. It boasts wildflowers, wildlife, and a waterfall.

The more seasoned explorer has tens of thousands of choices. John Muir Trail – Cottonwood Lakes TrailHead to Happy Isles, found in Golden Trout Wilderness, also in California, is 237.2 miles long and takes several days. It’s excellent for camping and backpacking and features an elevation of 45,246 feet, which means there will be snow most of the year.

Whatever the decision, treasured memories will be created.