Six of the best US national trails – chosen by experts


To mark today’s 50th anniversary of the US national trails system, six hikers and outdoor writers pick their favourite routes across the American wilderness

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

Length: 3,700 miles
Route: St Louis, Missouri, north-west over the Rockies to Oregon
By Bart Smith, as told to William R Buck

The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail follows the expedition of Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, sent to explore the West by President Thomas Jefferson in 1804. They began near St Louis, Missouri, continued to the Pacific Ocean, then returned – a round-trip that took over two years.

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