National Geographic Just Named This California Trail One Of The Best In The World

California is officially home to one of the best hiking trails in the world.

The Sierra High Route in Southern California has been named among the top trails on Earth by National Geographic, and they know a thing or two about natural beauty.

Andrew Skurka, an acclaimed long-distance hiker, guide and writer, calls the High Sierra “the most majestic and rugged mountain range in the Lower 48.”

The trail is about 195 miles in length, but you don’t need to be a world-class hiker to taste the beauty of this route. Though tackling the trail in its entirely is challenging, you can easily hop on the trail as it passes through one of its five main segments in Kings Canyon National Park, the John Muir Wilderness, the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite National Park and the Hoover Wilderness.

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If you’re looking to experience this stunning trail, it’s best to go during the summer or early fall. By this time the high-elevation snows have melted, and you’ll be treated to clear skies and stunning green vistas. It’s also recommended that hikers journey from south to north on this trail.

Though hiking the entire trial in one trip is best suited to those with a few hikes under their belt, there’s no reason not to get out there and check out at least a portion of the trail for yourself. The High Sierra Route is truly one of the most spectacular ways to experience the grandeur of this region.