Planning a special outing for Father’s Day? If Dad is happiest when tromping through the mud, cooking over a campfire, or scouting new fishing tackle, a day hike is a perfect way to honor him while bonding over a shared love of adventure.
The Thrill-Seeking Father: Mount Katahdin, Maine
Miles: 2.4 - 9 (varies depending on where you start and end)
Time to Complete: 8 - 12 hours
Does your dad love to do something “epic” and with a thrill? Mount Katahdin is the perfect trail hike for him. This legendary peak offers a trail called “Knife’s Edge Trail” where the path is particularly steep and challenging. Despite the challenges this trail offers, the ascent to Katahdin offers majestic scenery that no hiker can resist.
The Instagram Husband/Dad: The Wave Trail, Arizona
Time to Complete: 2 - 4 hours
Looking for an epic hike with even more epic photo opportunities? The Wave in Arizona is an awesome choice. This desert hike is adorned with swirling red sandstone not to be missed. Your ‘gram-loving Dad will definitely enjoy the trail because of its otherworldly and magical landscape. This trail is one that requires a bit of advance planning as entry is limited to just 20 people per day.
The Seafaring Dad: Lost Coast Trail, California
Miles: 24.6 (39.6 km)
Time to Complete: 3-4 days
If your pops likes his adventure with a touch of the sea, then this is the hike for you. The Lost Coast Trail, like its name, is “lost” as not a lot of people know about it. Instead of having a road built here, Highway 1 cuts inland from the coast into the magnificent redwood forest. As the trail winds between the forest and the barren stretch of beach, be aware that some spots are impassable at high tide, so it’s essential to check the tide schedule.
The Equestrian Dad: Grayson Highlands, Virginia
Miles: 8.5 (13.6 km)
Time to Complete: 5-8 hours
Into wild ponies and rolling hillsides? Check out Grayson Highlands, where ponies truly roam free. The carefree ponies, despite being wild, are exceptionally friendly to hikers. However, any feeding or petting of the horses is not allowed, so enjoy their untouched beauty from afar. The cherry on the pie? Grayson contains Virginia’s highest mountain: Mt. Rogers.
The Woodsy Dad: Cracker Lake, Montana
Miles: 12.6 (20km)
Time to Complete: 1-2 days
With scenic views and dramatic forest overlays, Glacier National Park is a bucket-list item for many. Its northern location means it’s cool even in summer. You have two options when you hike Cracker Lake: either you go on an exhausting day hike, from dawn to dusk at a rather brisk pace, or you amble along and pitch your tent for an overnighter. Personally, we prefer the latter.
Got some other places to hike this coming Father’s Day? Share them in the comment section below. Happy Father’s Day!