Scattered throughout the western United States are rugged peaks unlike anywhere else in the country (Alaska notwithstanding). Some of us are called by the unconquered peak, the rough and rugged ascent from camp to high country, and while we can’t provide you the reason to go, we can give you the means. Below you will find every hike Outdoor Project has to offer west of the Mississippi that is less than 21 miles long and with more than 3,000 feet in net elevation gain. Included here are hikes that range from rocky summit slogs that turn your calves into rubber with a steady and unrelenting ascent to the coastal traverse that undulates like a roller coaster for miles and miles. With few exceptions, they are the hardest hikes that you can theoretically complete in a single day.
About that theory: When attempting hikes like these, keep a couple of things in mind.
Just kidding. Unless you're at the Pearly Gates. In which case you'll have an ice axe. And it'll be more of an all-over burn.
Anyway, this is supposed to be a fun challenge, but sometimes the best advice is to let it go. Don’t be afraid to turn back if you need to.