This week we're thirsty for a trail to blaze. Lace up your boots and head to the great outdoors with these quick hikes that will easily fit into your busy schedule.
1. Willow Lake, Salt Lake City, Utah
Marvel at the Wasatch mountain peaks and loop around Willow Lake on this brisk two mile trek. The Willow Heights Trail is dotted with wildlife and wildflowers - perfect for the wild at heart.
2. Mount Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Clocking in at just under four miles, this hike begins in Griffith Park and offers outstanding views of some of LA's most quintessential landmarks. Cast your best brooding look at the Griffith observatory (think James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause) and blow a kiss Marilyn-Monroe-style at the Hollywood sign. Hit up Dante's View garden while you're at it.
3. Long Mountain, Harriman State Park, New York
Dubbed "the Quickie with a view," Long Path to Long Mountain is a short, inspiring two-mile walkabout. Don't breeze through; bring a book and linger.
4. Deer Creek Canyon Loop Hike, Littleton, Colorado
This 2.7 mile loop just outside of Denver is the ideal length for getting lost in thought or getting yourself out of a funk.
5. Spencer Island, Everett, Washington
Explore 4 miles of the Snohomish River Estuary by hiking Spencer Island. The mixture of salt and fresh water makes this prime real estate for eagles, osprey, woodpeckers, geese, and herons, so add bird-watching to your agenda.
6. Ridge Trail, Portland, Oregon
This 2.8 miles round trip is literally a walk in the park - Forest Park. The Willamette River is a focal point of the trail, and the St. Johns bridge is the star of the show. Don't worry - fame hasn't gone to this bridge's head; it will pose patiently until you get that Instagram-worthy shot.
7. Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
Don't let the name scare you; the trail at Avalanche Lake is only moderately difficult. This hike is low-risk, high-reward: you get cascading waterfalls, crisp mountain air, and 500 year old cedar trees for under five miles of strolling.
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