10 of the best US hiking trails: readers’ travel tips

From a rocky wonderland with views of Las Vegas to the green ridges of the Appalachians, our readers share their tips for great walks

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This five-mile round-trip hike within Zion national park takes you from the Virgin river to the top of Angels Landing (nearly 2,000 metres). The views from the top of the valley below are truly breathtaking. But firstly there are 21 steep switchbacks – Walter’s Wiggles – to navigate. The final part is along a very narrow ridge with sheer drops on both sides, with just a support chain to hold on to. A truly memorable (and at times scary) experience.

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