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This year we asked 20 outdoor luminaries—from trail runners to CEOs to beloved authors—about the trails they dream about. Here are their picks for the world's best hikes. Ready for adventure? —Doug Schnitzspahn


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About the Writer

Boulder, Colorado-based writer Doug Schnitzspahn knows trails. He spent six seasons building and maintaining them while working for the U.S. Forest Service in Montana and Idaho, and as a freelance writer and explorer he has checked off some of the hikes included here like Iceland’s Laugavegur and New Hampshire’s Franconia Ridge. He has his sights set on Bhutan’s Snowman Trek. He is also the editor in chief of Elevation Outdoors and Mountain Gazette magazines.