5 Hikes in North America Endorsed by Celebrities

With great mountain ranges like the Appalachians and the Great Plains, North America is a mecca for leisure and veteran hikers alike. More trails are becoming established here and there, and many celebrities are turning to hiking as a form of workout, a way to get in touch with their adventurous side, and as a break from their hectic schedule.

While celebrity sightings are not uncommon especially on trails not too far from Hollywood, some can also be spotted hiking more rugged terrains in the greater North American region. Keep an eye out for your favorite celebrities while enjoying these hikes:

Runyon Canyon Park

 (image: Runyon Canyon Trails)

(image: Runyon Canyon Trails)

Music festival goddess Vanessa Hudgens is also queen of the trails. The former Disney star has been spotted on several occasions in different nature parks and usually shares her love for the activity with her large online following. When she's not spinning or doing Pilates, Hudgens frequents Runyon Canyon Park which Roots Rated guarantees to have a spectacular view of the land of stars. It has attracted many other personalities like Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried and her dogs, and the Kardashians, probably as a respite from the demands of the industry. While the Canyon itself is only 1.5 miles long, there are different side trails you can take. 

Aspen to Crested Butte

 (image: Roots Rated)

(image: Roots Rated)

The celebrity behind activewear Fabletics, Kate Hudson, is also an avid fan of trekking. The Almost Famous actress’ idea of a family vacation is going on an extended hike from Aspen to Crested Butte. Her brother, Oliver, took their mother and step-dad Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell on a trip through the scenic route of the Colorado trails for his birthday. Panoramic views and a genuinely happy family made for an endearing holiday postcard.

Banff National Park

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(image: Shape)

Aside from wowing audiences in Dancing With the Stars, Julianne Hough finds that hiking is one of the most effective ways to work up a sweat. She is no stranger to trails within LA and outside of the US with her latest expedition taking her to the Canadian Rockies. Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest and most well-preserved nature spot with plenty activities and different terrains. She gave Shape a look into her all-girls’ trip which involved challenging walks, fly-fishing, and rock climbing. Way to go, Julianne and girlfriends!

Grouse Grind

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Canadian trails and mountains are amazing and humbling at every turn, and Kelly Ripa knows it. Ripa shared an Instagram post where she called herself a ‘fanada’ of Canada, and a lot of it has to do with the country’s wild spaces. She and husband Mark Consuelos took a 4th of July trip to British Columbia which entailed a hike up the peak of Grouse Grind. It has been dubbed ‘Mother Nature’s Trailmaster’ for its heart-pumping hike up its steep slopes. The pictures showed the happy couple in high spirits despite the challenging climb.

Pacific Crest Trail

 (image: Wild Official Facebook)

(image: Wild Official Facebook)

Possibly the most celebrity-approved trail is the Pacific Crest Trail or PCT which crosses the border between North and South America. In the movie <em>Wild</em>, Reese Witherspoon portrayed a grief-stricken woman from Minnesota who found herself deep in the forests of PCT in search of her soul. Reese didn’t actually finish the 2,659-mile hike but the actress went through a lot of training and multi-day hikes through the California leg of PCT. Since the film’s release in 2015, there has been a 300% increase in website inquiries of the PCT and many are expected to show up to its trails again this year. Although anyone can do portions of it, a thru-hike takes an average of six months and only a handful have completed it. Because the complete traverse takes a lot of time, training, and isolation, the PCT remains a dream for many hikers.