North Coast Trail, Vancouver Island (Canada)
Completed in 2008, this strenuous, 36-miler winds along the northern tip of Vancouver Island and delivers the killer Bs: Bogs, black bears, and beaches strewn with billiard-ball sized rocks. If these obstacles aren’t enough, two hand-powered cable car crossings (over the Nahwitti and Stranby rivers) add to the fun. The most unusual challenge of the one-way tromp? Getting to the Shushartie Bay trailhead: it’s only accessible by boat or floatplane. Thankfully, services—and plenty of post-hike beer—are available in nearby Port Hardy.
Time to budget: 4 days/3 nights
When to go: June-September
Photo credit: Matt Villano