The World's Ten Best Hikes Slideshow

Adventure author and hiking expert Peter Potterfield picks his favorite treks
Staff Writer

Adventure journalist Peter Potterfield has spent more than two decades hiking more than 10,000 miles across all seven continents. He has written for Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Backpacker and Condé Nast Traveler and is the author of more than a dozen books on outdoor adventure, including the critically acclaimed In the Zone and High Himalaya, which won the Banff Book Festival Award, and the Classic Hikes of the World. His latest book, Classic Hikes of North America will be released in August 2012. He currently lives in Seattle, WA, where he is editor of

In this series Potterfield breaks out ten treks worthy of any hiker's bucket list. These multi-day routes range from easy to difficult, and offer something for everyone—from the recreational hiker to the backcountry veteran. Whether your dream hike involves the wild frozen tundra, North America’s highest peak, hulking granite towers or sprawling white sand beaches, these ten treks are sure to inspire.


New Zealand: Three epic valleys, high glaciers, and astonishing landscapes


McGonagall Pass: The Tundra of Alaska, framed by


Petra Kingdom: A week across the desert to a grand, ancient monument


Everest Basecamp: The world's three highest peaks, and deep cultural immersion


Fitz Roy Grand Tour: The iconic summits of


Grand Canyon: Slicing through time, from the Rim to the River and beyond


Mount Rainier: The Wonderland Trail is more than a time


Kalalau Trail: Booming surf, sacred sites and the most beautiful beach on the planet


Tasmania: Four days, endless beaches, and the Bay of Fire



Arctic Sweden: Endless valleys, birch forests, and hidden


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