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    Looking for the best running in United States? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around United States. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

    Top Running Spots in and near United States

    • Springdale, Utah

      Angels Landing

      4.7
      4.24 mi / 1488 ft gain
      Angels Landing has long been one of my favorite Zion National Park hikes. The hike is thrilling, extremely photogenic, and appeals to those who enjoy exchanging leg power for views. The hike to the top isn't long, 2+ miles, but you'll definitely feel the 1500 feet of gain! The trail features a mo...
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    • San Francisco, California

      Lands End Trail

      4.7
      3.26 mi / 500 ft gain
      The Lands End Trail is a 3.26 mile out-and-back hike located in the northwest corner of San Francisco along the city's rugged coastline. Offering spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and the Pacific Ocean, the hike is one of the most popular trails in San Francisco for ...
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    • San Francisco, California

      Lover's Lane, Ecology, Mountain Lake Trail Loop

      4.5
      2.04 mi / 344 ft gain
      Tucked into a corner of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the Presidio, a beautiful little oasis of forests, beaches, and sweeping views that locals love. While the coastal trails get most of the attention here, the park covers 300 acres of prime real estate with lots of notable attract...
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    • Big Sur, California

      Clifftop Camping & Hot Springs in Big Sur

      4.7
      Campsite:There is nothing quite like driving or biking along US-1, the Pacific Coast Highway. Make sure you get a chance to do the drive during the day so that you can see all that Big Sur has to offer. Be careful when pulling off especially onto the shoulder and never stop on a curve in the road...
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    • Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Garden of the Gods Loop

      4.7
      4.28 mi / 581 ft gain
      If you are new to the area a stop by the visitor center can help to get a map of the trails and roads in the area as well as obtain a climbing permit (one is needed to climb and is free). Once you have entered the area there are multiple trails and pullouts that you can explore. Many of the trai...
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    • Portland, Oregon

      Wildwood Trail in Washington Park

      5.0
      7.63 mi / 1503 ft gain
      Take the train to Washington Park and hike through Hoyt Arboretum. This will bypass a few miles of Wildwood Trail, but you won't miss much. In the arboretum, the trail twists and turns through the trees, will smaller trails jutting off to the sides, through other groups of trees (each trail is a...
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    • Oakland, California

      East & West Ridge Loop

      4.5
      3.47 mi / 833 ft gain
      Tucked away in the hills of Oakland, you will find one of the homes of California's Coastal Redwoods. Created by a unique geographical circumstance, this forest breathes winds funneled through the Golden Gate across the bay, which created environment opportune for Redwood growth. These Redwoods a...
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    • Issaquah, Washington

      Poo Poo Point

      4.4
      6.57 mi / 1880 ft gain
      The Poo Poo Point trail is a great option for beautiful forest and great views only about 20 minutes outside of Seattle. The longer and less steep of the two routes to Poo Poo Point, this trail leaves from the Issaquah High School (the shorter and steeper Chirico Trail leaves from the paragliding...
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    • Pollock Pines, California

      Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail at Sly Park

      4.0
      8.19 mi / 640 ft gain
      The Jenkinson Lake Loop Trail runs along Jenkinson Lake, making for an easy, shaded, and well-marked hike that the entire family can enjoy. The full loop is over eight miles, but can be easily modified into a shorter trip, as well. Along the way, you will see a variety of activities along the la...
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    • Seaside, Oregon

      Saddle Mountain Trail

      4.7
      4.59 mi / 1644 ft gain
      Saddle Mountain is a pretty stellar spot if you are looking for a beginner/intermediate hike with incredible views close to Portland. The trail is a 5.2 mile round trip trail with an elevation gain of 1600 ft that starts at the Saddle Mountain Trailhead. You can actually camp right at the trail...
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    • Los Angeles, California

      Secret Stairs Astro Loop

      2.3
      4.21 mi / 600 ft gain
      I learned about these remnants of Los Angeles history, just a few months ago. When I found myself in L.A. this past month, I decided to find some of these stairs, and find out what they’re all about. Back in the 1920’s these stairs were created for pedestrians to have direct routes to the trans...
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    • Evergreen, Colorado

      Maxwell Falls

      3.4
      3.95 mi / 928 ft gain
      Located just outside of Evergreen, this beginner hike is a great escape from the city for a few hours. There are three different options to hike to the falls: Maxwell Falls Lower Trail (4 miles), Upper Maxwell Falls Trail (1.1 miles), and Maxwell Falls Bluffs Cliffside Trail Loop (5 miles). On th...
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    • Leavenworth, Washington

      Day Hike the Enchantments

      5.0
      18.05 mi / 4675 ft gain
      Start at the Stuart Lake trailhead, which at 3400' is a full 2000' higher than the Snow Lake trailhead you'll finish at. Put 2.5 easy miles under your feet along Mountaineer Creek before turning left on the trail up to Colchuck Lake. The trail steepens for the next 1.5 miles before popping you ou...
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    • San Francisco, California

      Grand View Park ("Turtle Hill")

      5.0
      0.21 mi / 7 ft gain
      A recipe for happiness in the "cool grey city of love." To the seasoned San Franciscan there is no finer view in the Bay Area than that from San Francisco's front porch, Turtle Hill or "Grand View Park". If the North American continent / plate is a ship, then Grand View Park is the prow giving e...
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    • San Francisco, California

      16th Avenue Tiled Steps

      4.6
      0.09 mi / 79 ft gain
      The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps also known as the Moraga steps are an impressive community achievement, and an equally killer workout. Take an easy lap up the stairs to check out the amazing art, take in the views from the top, then get down to business. You'll be glad you made the trek over to this ...
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    • San Francisco, California

      Coit Tower Stairs

      3.8
      0.49 mi / 200 ft gain
      There are 2 sets of stairs for Coit Tower on Sansome St. The first set is at Greenwich and the second is at Filbert. The Filbert steps are a little deeper per step and are mostly wood and concrete. The Greenwich steps are a little tougher because of the shallower, brick stairs as you get toward t...
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