With hopes of inspiring you to get out hiking in 2015, here are some of the best hikes of 2014 done by fellow travel bloggers.
Ted from Traveling Ted took off on a solo adventure to do Big Bend National Park's signature backpacking trip – the 30 mile Outer Mountain Loop starting and ending in the Chisos Basin. With danger from three main sources – heat, fire and wildlife – Ted had to do the following before he could even shoulder a backpack.
Read more about Ted's adventure on this hike here.
Agata Mleczko from Null n Full voted for Königssee (King's Lake) as one of her best one day hikes in 2014. Located in the German Alps close to the border with Austria, the hike did not go exactly as planned.
Read more about this wonderful early season hike here.
Donna Hull from My Itchy Travel Feet takes you to beautiful Grinnell Lake in Montana's Glacier National Park. She has this to say about the hike.
Read about the full hike here – and see the photos.
Mette from Italian Notes takes you on an easy hike in the land of Barolo, Italy. Apart from the culinary pleasures of the region, Mette states that exercise is welcome and in fact necessary. She says hiking can often be difficult in Italy unless you have a GPS based app but local tourist authorities are making an effort to improve trails and signage. The 5 km winery trail from Monforte d'Alba to Barolo
Read more about the trail and what you can do in Barolo here.
Simon Falvo from Wild About Travel shares her love affair with ice and glaciers. One look at her photos from this blog and you'll be booking yourself a trip to Switzerland's Jungfrau region. The standout hike was along the Aletsch Glacier.
Here's what she has to say about the area.
Read more about this fabulous area which is also a UNESCO site here.