It’s time to venture into the great outdoors! If the nature bug has bitten you and you’re craving some time in the wilderness, we’ve got quite the guide for you. We’ve rounded up a list of the best U.S. hiking trails, and given some insider tips on the best vapes and pipes to bring with you on your next adventure. If you’re looking for the perfect 420-friendly hiking guide, we have you covered right here.
The Best U.S. Hiking Trails:
When to Use Your Vape or Pipe
Before Hiking: We recommend this only when starting an easy hike--remember, you don’t want to be losing balance on a difficult route. However, enjoying your favorite flowers right before a long walk is a great way to really experience nature and be still.
Breaks: Maybe you need a little break during your hike. That could be the perfect time to bring out your pipe or vape. Depending on the strains you have, this break could even add some pep in your step. Just make sure to not eat all the granola bars at this time.
After the hike: Nothing is more fulfilling than getting to your destination--the top of the mountain, the overlooking vista of the forest, the crest of the hill, and getting to enjoy some snacks, water and herb. Bring out your favorite product and celebrate your accomplishments in nature--you’ve earned it.
Blue Ridge Mountains, Central Virginia
Just an hour outside of busy Washington DC, the Blue Ridge Mountains are a welcome escape for both city goers and those living in the countryside. The tranquil scenery is more like hills than mountains, and you can get quite a view by hiking to the top of Humpback Rocks nearby Charlottesville, Virginia. Plan your hike near dusk so you can see the incredible sunset over the mountains.
Maroon Bells, Colorado
We all know Colorado is full of mountains (and home to our favorite flower too), but Maroon Bells consistently wins hikers over every time. Known as the most photographed place in Colorado, these two mountaintops will take your breath away, especially once you see their reflection in the crystal clear waters below. Just remember: you can only hike the Maroon Bells in summertime, and even then, it’s been known to snow in June at the top of the trail!
Antelope Canyon, Arizona
You’ve likely seen the iconic photos of Antelope Canyon with its unique swirling sand patterns. Definitely take your camera with you! This is an easy hike that’s doable for hikers of any fitness level.
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Cities can be fantastic places for hikes too. Although you might forget that you’re in a city in the beautifully designed Prospect Park. While many think New York is all about Central Park, Prospect Park truly shines: with a variety of trails and ponds, this park is perfect all year round for a nice, easy stroll.
Forest Park, St. Louis
You might not know you’re in Missouri in this incredible space called Forest Park! Spanning over 1,000 acres, this city oasis features an art museum, zoo, multiple Italian fountains and even a science museum. Originally hosting the World’s Fair in the early 20th-century, Forest Park is now an excellent city escape to have without even needing to leave St. Louis.
Acadia National Park, Maine
Mountains, lakes, beaches and islands? You can find all of these features and more in the beautiful Acadia National Park in Maine. This is perfect for hikers of all skill and fitness levels, but we do recommend going in summertime since it’s quite chilly otherwise.
California has a multitude of great hiking spots--Yosemite, Joshua Tree--but Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel-by-the-Sea is truly an underrated gem. Located right on the ocean, a series of trails criss crosses this Pacific beauty. Make sure to stay in the park near dusk so you can catch the sunset over the water.
The Best Pipes & Vapes for Hiking
What are the best pipes to take on your hike? From shatter-resistant pipes to classic designs, this roundup features a selection that’s great to take with you on your next outdoor adventure.
Don’t you long for the good old days, when products were simple and made with natural ingredients? Marley Naturals is the answer to your problem. These classic hand pipes are made of only glass and sustainable wood, plus they’re super easy to unscrew and pack into a backpack while hiking. These simple pipes are perfect to take with you into the great outdoors, just make sure to not break the glass pieces!
Maybe you’re heading into a tough hike and need something that can last and endure as long as you can? For those needing a heavy-duty vape that will withstand many hikes and climbs, the Mighty Vape from Storz & Bickel is perfect for you. Designed by a German company, the design on this pipe is flawless and will withstand many vape seshes, enjoyed either indoors or while out on the trails.
Maybe your pack is already full with snacks and water--how are you supposed to fit a pipe, let alone make sure that it doesn’t break? Consider going with a silicone bong or hand pipe? With the exception of an easily removable glass downstem, these pipes are made of food-grade silicone, so you can roll them up to save space in your pack, and they won’t crack like glass will. Many of the silicone bongs that we carry come from Nucleus, a U.S. company that sources all of their top-notch ingredients and crafts their own pipes right here in the U.S.
Any hand pipe or taster bat
Time in nature means going back to the basics, and what better tool is that than a good old spoon pipe? Lightweight and easy to use, a spoon pipe is the easiest thing to bring with you on your next hike. On that note, taster bats are perfect for hiking too, especially when you can store a one hitter and taster bat in a convenient case from RYOT.
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Julia, a flower child hailing from Spain, discovered her love of fresh herbs years ago when she accidentally became head of product at a farm in Oregon.
She loves long walks on the beach, accordion music and of course spending time with her favorite Yocan Evolve D (only in blue though). She promises to not bias her blog posts towards vaporizers too much, but no guarantees.