PHOTO: The Wave. (photo courtesy Thinkstock)
From the weird to the wonderful, National Geographic has put together a list of some of the greatest nature hikes in the world, showcasing the earth at its most extreme.
First on the list is the Wave, Paria Canyon in Arizona and Utah.
“The Wave, deep within the canyons of the Paria Canyon/Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness on the Arizona/Utah border, may just be the weirdest and most wonderful result of what ancient, uplifted red rock and eons of wind and water can create,” writes Doug Schnitzspahn.
The 12-mile hike requires a permit as well as some GPS skills, but the stunning formations are well worth the trek.
Tire-Bouchon Pass in Taghia, Morocco, you will find a rock climber’s paradise.
“The region around the Moroccan village of Taghia is the place to go if you want to get remote. It’s cut off from the rest of the world because it has no roads, and the Berber people here continue to live as they have for generations,” writes Schnitzspahn.
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Pro-tip: Don’t visit in winter when the mountain is covered in snow and the village only receives one hour of daylight per day.
Mendenhall Ice Cave in Juneau, Alaska is not particularly easy to reach but worth it once you do.
“The effort to reach this ever shifting fantasyland is well worth it: In the blue light of the caves, hikers wander underneath the melting terminus of the glacier,” notes Schnitzspahn.
Make sure you have the right gear for the hike, though. You are going to need an ice axe, crampons, and glacier travel knowledge.
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