Hiking is one of the most rewarding activities there are, at least for some people But what happens when you get so good at it that you start feeling like you need more challenge for a greater satisfaction? I’m not sure, but I guess you keep looking for the next challenge out there. If you enjoy living on the edge, you should check out these 10 extreme hikes. These will get you going!
10. Half Dome’s Cable Route, Yosemite National Park, California
At least five people have died here trying to reach the top while on this 8-mile hike. Just keep in mind that the last 400 feet must be climbed on a steep granite wall.
9. West Coast Trail, Vancouver, Canada
Are you prepared to go on a 48 mile route? Please know that there are wild animals in this area, including wolves, cougars, and bears. Oh, and let’s not forget the shaky bridges, wooden ladders built directly onto tall cliffs, and some slippery slopes as well.
8. Mount Huashan Trail, China
Errors are not allowed here. Just one slip of the foot and you may end up in the obituaries. However, if you survive, you will definitely find the experience unforgettable, with breathtaking views and temples on top of cliffs.
7. Rover’s Run, Anchorage, Alaska
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.
6. Devil’s Path, Catskill, New York
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. Try not to think about the name.
5. Peek-a-Boo Gulch, Utah
This one is definitely not 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. Challenge accepted!
4. Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
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. Watch out!
3. 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. I dare you!
2. Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea
Spreading over 60 long miles, this this track is not an easy challenge considering that there is a constant risk of contracting terrible tropical diseases such as malaria. Deaths have occurred on the track before.
1. 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. The rains in Spain stay mainly on the plain, which is where I’ll be: sipping on a glass of wine.