Most Dangerous Hiking Trails in the World

Most Dangerous Hiking Trails in the World

Top 25

25. Knivskjellodden (North Cape), Norway The expansive ocean views offered at the summit of this rocky hike often lure people close to the edge – a little too close to excitement and danger.  

25. Knivskjellodden (North Cape), Norway

The expansive ocean views offered at the summit of this rocky hike often lure people close to the edge – a little too close to excitement and danger.

 

24. GR 20, Corsica Hiking along this rugged trail takes you across some of the most uneven and vertical terrain ever, with special chains offering the only real support in some spots – provided they don’t break.  

24. GR 20, Corsica

Hiking along this rugged trail takes you across some of the most uneven and vertical terrain ever, with special chains offering the only real support in some spots – provided they don’t break.

 

23. Angel’s Landing, Utah Known as one of the steepest and narrowest hiking trails across the globe, falls along this trail happen annually.  

23. Angel’s Landing, Utah

Known as one of the steepest and narrowest hiking trails across the globe, falls along this trail happen annually.

 

22. Rover’s Run Trail, Alaska With a long list of attacks from brown bears and moose, a hike along this otherwise straightforward trail is worth rethinking.  

22. Rover’s Run Trail, Alaska

With a long list of attacks from brown bears and moose, a hike along this otherwise straightforward trail is worth rethinking.

 

21. Cascade Saddle, New Zealand Many hikers have died here in recent years, mostly during their descent due to slippery or loose rocks.  

21. Cascade Saddle, New Zealand

Many hikers have died here in recent years, mostly during their descent due to slippery or loose rocks.

 

20. Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea If you’re not threatened by the possibilities of malaria, crumbling paths or heat stroke, then there’s every reason to give this hike a try.  

20. Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea

If you’re not threatened by the possibilities of malaria, crumbling paths or heat stroke, then there’s every reason to give this hike a try.

 

19. The Wendenstöcke You'll be needing all the guts, great skill and stamina when you decide to hike this trail. From narrow, treacherous paths that are easy to lose sight of, to vertical cliff faces and over 9,000 foot climb.  

19. The Wendenstöcke

You'll be needing all the guts, great skill and stamina when you decide to hike this trail. From narrow, treacherous paths that are easy to lose sight of, to vertical cliff faces and over 9,000 foot climb.

 

18. Maroon Bells South Ridge, Colorado Hikers here are often beguiled by an unassuming but often highly unstable terrain, one where the ground can give way quite suddenly. No wonder it has been nicknamed as the Deadly Bells.  

18. Maroon Bells South Ridge, Colorado

Hikers here are often beguiled by an unassuming but often highly unstable terrain, one where the ground can give way quite suddenly. No wonder it has been nicknamed as the Deadly Bells.

 

17. Mt. Rainier’s Muir Snowfield, Washington State The unexpected and often extremely harsh storms that sweep across this expanse even during warm months, has claimed countless lives.  

17. Mt. Rainier’s Muir Snowfield, Washington State

The unexpected and often extremely harsh storms that sweep across this expanse even during warm months, has claimed countless lives.

 

16. Huckleberry Mountain, Montana With estimates of one bear for every square mile, hiking here already spell danger.  

16. Huckleberry Mountain, Montana

With estimates of one bear for every square mile, hiking here already spell danger.

 

15. Abrams Falls, Tennessee The danger in this hike trail lies along the slippery rocks of its summit or a swim against the powerful current at its base.  

15. Abrams Falls, Tennessee

The danger in this hike trail lies along the slippery rocks of its summit or a swim against the powerful current at its base.

 

14. Kalalau Trail, Hawaii While the views are certainly stunning, it only compensates its chances for mud and rock slides, plus the often narrow, cliff-side trails make this a serious hike.  

14. Kalalau Trail, Hawaii

While the views are certainly stunning, it only compensates its chances for mud and rock slides, plus the often narrow, cliff-side trails make this a serious hike.

 

13. Peek-a-boo Gulch, Utah If you don't find narrow, confined spaces comforting, then you’re probably better off avoiding this hike – especially since the chances of getting stuck are high.  

13. Peek-a-boo Gulch, Utah

If you don't find narrow, confined spaces comforting, then you’re probably better off avoiding this hike – especially since the chances of getting stuck are high.

 

12. West Coast Trail, Vancouver Tricky trail to traverse, run-ins with bears and cougars will primarily be a cause for concern for hikers wanting to hike here.  

12. West Coast Trail, Vancouver

Tricky trail to traverse, run-ins with bears and cougars will primarily be a cause for concern for hikers wanting to hike here.

 

11. Drakensberg Traverse This jagged, expansive stretch of terrain, with its steep cliffs and rocky outcroppings, can take hiker's breath away – though in some cases, permanently.  

11. Drakensberg Traverse

This jagged, expansive stretch of terrain, with its steep cliffs and rocky outcroppings, can take hiker's breath away – though in some cases, permanently.

 

10. Aonach Eagach Ridge, Scotland The trail along the top of this ridge is so thin, and the surrounding landscape so unruly, that once you start the hike, finishing it is mandatory just to get back down without losing your life.  

10. Aonach Eagach Ridge, Scotland

The trail along the top of this ridge is so thin, and the surrounding landscape so unruly, that once you start the hike, finishing it is mandatory just to get back down without losing your life.

 

9. Mist Trail, Half Dome, California Hikers daring to brave this trail need to avoid rain here as danger looms from the sleek and steep nature of the path and chances of lightening striking the cables along the upper trail are higher.  

9. Mist Trail, Half Dome, California

Hikers daring to brave this trail need to avoid rain here as danger looms from the sleek and steep nature of the path and chances of lightening striking the cables along the upper trail are higher.

 

8. Longs Peak, Colorado The serene beauty of this mountain has claimed several lives who try to take on its challenging trail.  

8. Longs Peak, Colorado

The serene beauty of this mountain has claimed several lives who try to take on its challenging trail.

 

7. Via Ferrata, Italy and Austria This high alpine trail is so sheer and unyielding that the simple snap of a cable is all it would take to send you plummeting thousands of feet. You need a lot of guts to trail this one.  

7. Via Ferrata, Italy and Austria

This high alpine trail is so sheer and unyielding that the simple snap of a cable is all it would take to send you plummeting thousands of feet. You need a lot of guts to trail this one.

 

6. Mount Washington, New Hampshire If you aren't frightened with sudden extreme cold or being swept off a ridge by powerful winds, then you definitely can hike this trail. Just have the right gears though.  

6. Mount Washington, New Hampshire

If you aren't frightened with sudden extreme cold or being swept off a ridge by powerful winds, then you definitely can hike this trail. Just have the right gears though.

 

5. Bright Angel Trail, Arizona Beating the extreme heat and the pure upward trek back, the right choice of gears to bring may be essential, or opt aid from area park rangers.  

5. Bright Angel Trail, Arizona

Beating the extreme heat and the pure upward trek back, the right choice of gears to bring may be essential, or opt aid from area park rangers.

 

4. El Caminito del Rey, Spain Spain’s equivalent of the Hua Shan trail in China is by no means any less treacherous.  

4. El Caminito del Rey, Spain

Spain’s equivalent of the Hua Shan trail in China is by no means any less treacherous.

 

3. Mount Hua Shan, China The most terrifying though of hiking this trail is that it wouldn’t even exist without these floating boards. Adrenaline junkies haven.  

3. Mount Hua Shan, China

The most terrifying though of hiking this trail is that it wouldn’t even exist without these floating boards. Adrenaline junkies haven.

 

2. The Maze, Canyonlands, Utah The Maze, known for its remoteness, forms a labyrinthine series of cuts, gullies, and dead ends that are as confusing as they are precarious.  

2. The Maze, Canyonlands, Utah

The Maze, known for its remoteness, forms a labyrinthine series of cuts, gullies, and dead ends that are as confusing as they are precarious.

 

1. Huayna Picchu Trail, Peru This trail leading to the famed site of Machu Picchu is so narrow, steep, and tricky. In fact, to emphasize its imposed danger to hikers, it is being closed out during rainy season.  

1. Huayna Picchu Trail, Peru

This trail leading to the famed site of Machu Picchu is so narrow, steep, and tricky. In fact, to emphasize its imposed danger to hikers, it is being closed out during rainy season.

 

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