7 Top Islands for Hiking



These seven islands for hiking boast mountain and coastal views that are sure to make a great vacation. It’s time to book your last vacation of this summer season or start planning your winter vacation getaway now. If you are a hiker and want to experience the awe-inspiring terrain of mountainous islands, the islands on this list are perfect islands for hiking. Some of the islands listed below are best visited during certain seasons, while others would be a great getaway year-round. Now, the trails on this list are not the only options but do seem to be the most popular.

1. The Hawaiian Island Chain

Hoeli Sea Arch in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hoeli Sea Arch in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park | Photo Credit: RDPixelShop via Flickr

Kalalau Trail

Kalalau Trail | Photo Credit: Dan Dwyer via Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hiking in any of the Hawaiian islands will definitely boast beautiful views but do be aware that depending on the hike you choose, the weather can be very different on certain parts of the islands. Prepare for rainy hikes in the northern hemisphere’s winter months and heat during the summer. Hawaii is also a great place to hike to view ancient rock art.

Best Times to Visit: Year-round

Notable Hikes:

The most popular islands of Hawaii:

 

2. Corsica, France

Hiking in Oahu

Lac de Nino on the GR 20 Trail

Lac de Nino on the GR 20 Trail | Photo Credt: Jean-Baptiste Bellet via Flickr

This island is home to treacherous trails and gorgeous Mediterranean beaches. The GR 20 trail, known as Europe’s hardest hike, traverses the island. Visit Corsica during the northern hemisphere’s summer months. Snow is still found in the high mountains in late June and early July. The mountains tend to have storms in the afternoon during the summer; make sure to be prepared to camp in the rain.

Best Times to Visit: June – September

Notable Hikes

 

3. The Islands of New Zealand

Hiking in New Zealand Hiking the Milford Track by TrailSource.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Zealand is home to gorgeous mountain views and numerous hiking trails.New Zealand actually consists of a collection of islands. However, the two larger islands contains most of the population. The country is a perfect destination during the northern hemisphere’s winter. The Milford Track, a notable trail in the country, has been known as the ‘finest walk in the world’ and is one of the oldest hiking trails in the word.

Best Times to Visit: December – April

Notable Hikes

 

4. The Islands of Japan

Hokkaido Hiking in Daisetsuzan National Park by jyl4032

Hokkaido Hiking in Daisetsuzan National Park | Photo Credit: jyl4032 via Flickr

Mt Fuji by Eric via Flickr

Mt Fuji | Photo Credit: Eric via Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The islands of Japan range from lush forest to rocky alpine terrain. One of the islands is home to Mount Fuji, an active volcano that rises up to 12,388 feet (3,775 m) in elevation. There are numerous hikes, even ones that are close to popular city centers such as Tokyo.

Best Times to Visit: Year-round, best in spring and autumn

Notable Hikes

The most popular islands of Japan:

 

5. The Caribbean Island Region

Near Summit of El Yunque

Near Summit of El Yunque in Puerto Rico | Photo Credit: Adam Schweigert via Flickr

View from the top of Mount Scenery in Saba

View from the top of Mount Scenery in Saba | Christine Warner Hawks via Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are thousands of Caribbean Islands to choose from for your perfect hiking island getaway. The ones below are known for the easiest access, popularity, and best hiking. The islands are typically known for gorgeous beaches but the volcano and forest hiking is absolutely something that must be experienced.

Best Times to Visit: Year-round

Notable Hikes:

The most popular Caribbean Islands for hiking:

 

6. Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain in Acadia NP by l.hillesheim

Cadillac Mountain in Acadia NP | Photo Credit: l.hillesheim via Flickr

Cadillac Mountain in Acadia NP

Cadillac Mountain in Acadia NP | Photo Credit: Nadine via Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Located off the coast of Maine, United States, these islands make up the oldest national park east of the Mississippi River. Most of the park is on Mount Desert Island.

Best Times to Visit: May – September

Notable Hikes:

Sargent Mountain Loop

Cadillac Mountain

 

7. Channel Islands

Hiking in Channel Islands National Park

Hiking Channel Islands | Photo Credit: Momo go via Flickr

Montanon Ridge Trail on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands NP

Montanon Ridge Trail on Santa Cruz Island | Photo Credit: Pacific Southwest Region USFWS via Flickr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Channel Islands are located off the coast of California, United States. There are five islands in the Channel Island National Park. These islands are home to unique floral and fauna and boasts some incredible island mountain views year-round.

Best Times to Visit: Year-round

Notable Hikes:

El Montañon Peak

Scorpion Canyon Loop Trail

Madison Dragna

Madison Dragna

Madison is a long distance hiker and devoted yogi. She completed the Appalachian Trail in 2013 and Corsica's treacherous GR 20 in 2014. When she's not traveling, she enjoys life as a freelance writer in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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