Plan your next hike at one of these mountain trails with sweeping views, physical challenges

For the ultimate outdoors experience, set your sights high, says Tim Palmer, author of “America’s Great Mountain Trails.”

The volume, part coffee table book, part guide, covers 100 trails and recently won a National Outdoors Book Award.

Hiking on mountains offers both physical challenges and sweeping views, the author says. “They call to our sense of curiosity about the land and our sense of adventure about being outside.”

But make sure if you’re going on a cold-weather hike, that you’re prepared with the right gear to keep you warm and safe.

Palmer shares some favorites paths with USA TODAY.

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