The World’s Most Extreme Hikes
Hiking is one of the most rewarding activities there are. But what happens when you get so good at it that you start feeling like you need more challenge for a greater satisfaction? That’s when things get a little crazy and you begin to look for really exciting-slash-scary-slash-dangerous new destinations. Like these ones over here.
Half Dome’s Cable Route (Yosemite National Park, California)
Interested in tacking America’s deadliest trail? If the fact that at least five people have died here trying to reach the top doesn’t scare you, then you probably are ready to go on this 8-mile hike. Just keep in mind that the last 400 feet must be climbed on a steep granite wall.
West Coast Trail (Vancouver, Canada)
Get mentally prepared to go on a 48 mile route. Then know that there are wild animals in this area, including wolves, cougars, and bears. And finally be ready to go over shaky bridges, wooden ladders built directly onto tall cliffs, and – why not? –some slippery slopes as well.
Mount Huashan Trail (China)
Errors are not allowed here. Just one slip of the foot and you may end up…well, dead. But if you are ready to face the dangers, then you will definitely find the experience unforgettable, with breathtaking views and temples on top of cliffs.
Rover’s Run (Anchorage, Alaska)
Yup, it’s chilly out here, but it’s worth it. The really big downside to hiking here is that bears visit the place a lot. So much so that authorities have even considered shutting down the trail for this reason. If it weren’t for those salmons attracting bears, hikers would feel much safer on Rover’s Run. We wonder why they call it a run instead of a hike…
Devil’s Path (Catskill, New York)
The name doesn’t put you off? Good. Because the 25-mile hike is amazing and incredibly rewarding. Just try to avoid the black bears and you’ll be ok. Six major peaks dot this awesome trail, so you know you have a lot to look forward to.
Peek-a-Boo Gulch (Utah)
This one is definitely for claustrophobes. But if you are totally fine with squeezing your body through tight spaces and spending a lot of time between tall walls, then you must not miss the opportunity to hike here. The views are amazing.
Kalalau Trail (Kauai, Hawaii)
These cliffs grow straight from the water. The idea of climbing a wall directly above water may be extremely appealing to most passionate hikers, but you need to keep in mind that all that humidity poses a lot of dangers. Oh, and there are several waterfalls on the way as well.Again, awesome but dangerous.
Route up Pacaya Volcano (Guatemala)
This is probably the closest you will ever get to feeling what Frodo did on the lava-filled Mordor Mountain. Officially closed after the unfortunate death of a reporter, the trail is still explored by tourists who get there via a private farm. The volcano is actually very close to Guatemala City.
Kokoda Track (Papua New Guinea)
Spreading over 60 long miles, this this track is not an easy challenge. Add to that the constant risk of contracting terrible tropical diseases such as malaria, and you get a really scary four to ten days of explorations. Deaths have occurred on the track before.
El Caminitodel Rey (Spain)
This is a very dangerous and slippery hike originally created for the workers of a hydroelectric plant. The initial concrete paths are no longer intact, which means that hikers need to be very resourceful when the road ends suddenly before them.