Best via ferrata trails in United States of America

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Explore the most popular via ferrata trails in United States of America with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of via ferrata trails in United States of America
Top trails (7)
#1 - Diana’s Throne Slot Canyon
Mount Carmel Junction, Utah
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Length: 2.3 mi
Important: this is not a hike, it is a canyoneering route. Gear and experience are required.Show more
#2 - Telluride Via Ferrata
Uncompahgre National Forest
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 2 h 3 m
Via Ferrata, Italian for "Iron Way", is part hike and part rock climb. The route has gained popularity in recent years, but should still only be attempted with a guide and some climbing skills. In addition to normal climbing gear like a harness and helmet (no climbing shoes required), you will need to have a specific harness attachment to allow you to use the cable system. Those who are adventurous enough to take this on will be rewarded with epic views of the valley below, Telluride, Ingram Peak, and Bridal Veil Falls. This is a fairly heavily trafficked trail so be prepared for some crowds. Use an east-to-west route as shown here.Show more
#3 - Orderville Canyon to Temple of Sinawava
Zion National Park
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 5 h 50 m
This is a permitted semi-technical hiking/canyoneering route through Orderville Canyon. Do not attempt this hike without a Zion wilderness permit.Show more
#4 - Pine Creek Canyon
Zion National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi
Permit required. Please consult the park's website before visiting. Pine Creek Canyon is a canyoneering route that requires specialized skill and equipment to descend. Almost immediately, canyoneers will find themselves in a slot canyon with potholes filled with very cold water. Wetsuits are all but mandatory. Some anchors are off bolts, but others are natural anchors. Be prepared with skills and equipment to rebuild anchors as needed. Do not expect bolts to always be in place or reachable as the nature of the canyon has/can/will change. The route includes many obstacles to scramble over, under or around; and 7ish rappels. The long rappels are exhilarating due to the moderate height and bizarre shapes of the canyon walls. The longest rappel is 100 feet. Do not expect expansive views until you exit the canyon. This is a technical descent and you will get cold and wet. Expect brief swims. The hike out is moderate.Show more
#5 - Mystery Canyon via East Mesa Trail
Zion National Park
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 6 h 5 m
This is a permitted semi-technical hiking/canyoneering route through Mystery Canyon. Do not attempt this hike without a Zion wilderness permit. This route requires technical canyoneering skills and equipment which include, but are not limited to, ropes, anchor building, wetsuts, rigging, route finding, self-rescue. The last rappel in Mystery Canyon is quite unique...it goes down a 120ft wall right into The Narrows.Show more
#6 - Eye of the Needle
Springdale, Utah
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Length: 4.4 mi
The only way to legally climb this route is through a guided trip with Zion Adventures (https://www.zionadventures.com/eotn-via-feratta.html). Please note that this is a via ferrata route, not a hiking trail.Show more
#7 - Nelson Rocks Via Ferrata [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Circleville, West Virginia
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Length: 2.2 mi
This is a guided rock climbing tour on private property. In order to do this you must sign up for a guided tour at NRocks. You will be supplied with a harness, a helmet, and guides for your rock climbing adventure. This route takes participants up 300 feet off the ground on a very narrow rock formation - it is not safe to attempt this without a guide and proper equipment. This is 3/4 rock climbing and 1/4 hiking. Show more