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The Greatest American Hikes You Need to Take Before Summer Ends

When you think of summertime, do you think of long days in the sun, warm fire-side nights and weekends spent on the trail?
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When you think of summertime, do you think of long days in the sun, warm fire-side nights and weekends spent on the trail?

If that's how you imagine spending your summer than you know there's nothing more liberating than lacing up your hiking boots and taking on a challenging trail in the height of summer. Heading up to new heights, in short sleeves with a light pack is an incredible feeling, matched only by the breathtaking views from the top.

Greatest American Hikes You Need to Take

We're officially at the start of summer, so hopefully this sampling of epic trails from around the U.S. will inspire some trips and treks in the coming months.

Whether you're a beginner who just got your first pair of trail shoes or you're a seasoned pro who's taken on some impressive thru hikes, this list of hikes should offer enough challenge for the most skilled trekker and some should be accessible enough for beginners.

Before you plan your summer vacations, check out these 20 hikes that are definitely worth your while.

- Diana Gerstacker, The Active Times