Best Trails in the World for Intermediate Hikers

I bet that if you add all the trails you could take on as an intermediate hiker, you would find that you would have at least a billion options to choose from for your next hike. If you want something in between super challenging and way too easy, then you will be looking for a hiking trail tests but doesn’t overwhelm. There are plenty of trails that you can be excited to take on that don’t require mountaineering skills–and can offer some amazing views, as well.  

Appalachian Trail

One of the best hikes in the world is the Appalachian Trail, which can be found on the eastern side of the United States. This massive trail is 2200 miles long and runs through 14 different states. While you might not want to tackle this entire trail in one go, especially since that can take between four and seven months, you can choose a section of the trail that appeals to you instead. Depending on the area you decide to do, you may find yourself high up in the mountains, wandering through swamps, or in the peaceful middle of nowhere.  

Inca Trail

The Inca Trail in Peru leads directly to Machu Picchu. This 26-mile trail begins near Cusco and you must obtain a permit and hire a tour company in order to access this trail. You will find a number of amazing, ancient ruins along the way–you might even get the chance to see a llama or two. Be prepared for inclement weather and bugs during portions of the trail. You’ll also be camping in colder temperatures at night, so make sure to pack some layers with you, as well. It normally takes four days to reach Machu Picchu, which can be the most magical days you spend in Peru. (Read more about how to take on the Inca Trail in our guide.) 


Iceland is known for many things, but not too many people realize that one of the best hikes for intermediate trekkers can be found there, as well.  It will take you four days to tackle this 50-mile trail. You have two routes to choose from: Thorsmork and Skogar, but both will get you to the end of the hike in about the same time. You will get a glimpse of lava fields and some stunning scenery, but the most magnificent sight on the hike is the massive 200-foot Skogafoss waterfall. You have to hike an additional 15 miles in order to reach the waterfall, it’s well worth the extra exercise.  

Kings Canyon’s Rim Walk

Kings Canyon can be found within Watarraka National Park in Australia. While there are many trails to choose from, the Rim Walk is the best for intermediate hikers. This four-mile journey only takes you between three and four hours, but you might be give up before you even start because of the intense slope in the first few miles. However, the short rocky climb doesn’t last too long and you will soon be looking down almost 500 feet into the gorge and toward the stunning Australian outback.  

Trail from Mylopotas to Klima

Ios Island in Greece is simply spectacular, and one of the best ways to see the sights is to hike along the coast. The trail between Mylopotas to Klima is approximately three miles and it takes about four or five hours round trip. This trail begins at the end of Mylopotas Beach. The trail is marked, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting from the beginning to the end. The first section consists of ascending up a mountain and walking along a ridge for a few miles until you reach Klima Beach. Depending on the time of the year, you may be the only one here–making it the perfect opportunity to explore one of Greece’s fabulous beaches without crowds of tourists.

Cathedral Peak Trek

The Cathedral Peak Trek is located in South Africa at a length of about 12 miles. This is one of the more demanding intermediate hikes, which is why you should consider camping at one of the many campsites that can be found along the way. Staying overnight not only gives you more time to take the trail at your own pace, but also allows you to see many of the 4000 cave paintings that are scattered on the walls of the mountain. You might want to consider hiring a guide since he or she will be able to help you through some of the more challenging spots while pointing out sights of interest.  

These are only a few of the best intermediate hikes in the world, but if you have never tackled any of them, you might want to consider adding them to your list.

Have you ever attempted any of these intermediate hikes?

Keep wandering,

Alex Signature Wander

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