15 AMAZING HIKES IN THE WORLD

1. Mount HuaShan, Huayin, China

Distance: Varies depending on summit
Time: All Day
Best Time to Go: April to October

My legs turn to jelly just looking at this hike. This hike makes everyone’s list of most dangerous hikes in the world and for a good reason. Besides steep staircases and vertical ascents, the plank trail is made of wooden platforms bolted to the mountainside.

2. El Caminito del Rey (The King’s Pathway), El Chorro, Spain

Distance: 4.8 Miles
Time: 4-5 Hours
Best Time to Go: Year Round

This hike is made up of a three-foot wide walkway that is barely attached to a sheer cliff. There are potions with big gaps and parts where you even have to do some low-level rock climbing. The one comfort is that there is a safety wire running along the path that can be clipped into.

UPDATE: They recently underwent a huge renovation and reopened to the public in March 2015 with a much safer and accessible walkway.

3. Kjerag, Forsand, Rogaland, Norway

Distance: 6.2 Miles
Time: 5 Hours
Best Time to Go: June to September

This mountain in Norway is home to Kjeragbolten, a stone wedged between two rocks that make for some crazy looking photos!

4. Huayna Picchu, Peru

Time: 2-3 Hours
Best Time to Go: May to September

Although the Inca Trail hike is strenuous and one of the hardest hikes we’ve done, the danger begins just past the hike to the city of Huayna Picchu. Slippery stones, knee-buckling heights, and crumbling rock earns this hike the nickname “Hike of Death”. It’s too bad we couldn’t push past our fear when we were here a few years ago!

5. Via Ferrata, Italy and Austria

Distance: Varies
Time: Varies
Best Time to Go: Year Round

Via ferrata, or iron roads, are a system of metal ladders and cables. A lot of them were created during World War I. Clip in and swallow that fear as you conquer these heights.

6. Mountain Torq, Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

Time: 2-3 Days
Best Time to Go: April to September

This is the highest hike of its kind, giving you spectacular views at the highest summit in Malaysia but requiring you to access it via ferrata.

7. Half Dome Mountain, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Distance: 16 Miles
Time: All Day
Best Time to Go: April to October

This round trip hike takes you to the top of Yosemite’s famous granite dome. You get amazing views of Vernal and Nevada Falls and the Yosemite Valley. The most iconic portion of the hike is the final 400 feet to the summit where you climb up using two metal cables and is quite the doozy. If you’ve really conquered your fear, you can even climb the face of Half Dome!

8. Aonach Eagach Ridge, Glen Coe, Scotland

Distance: 5.75 Miles
Time: 6-9 Hours
Best Time to Go: Year Round

This hike takes you through sections where there are what seems like endless drop-offs on both sides. No rope required, but there are some scary ridge walks, shimmies up chimneys, and crawls down ledges.

9. Trolltunga, Odda, Hordaland, Norway

Time: 8 Hours
Best Time to Go: June to September

Probably one of the most famous landmarks in Norway, this rock jutting horizontally out of a mountain will make anyone dizzy.

10. Drakensberg Traverse, South Africa

Distance: Up to 135 Miles
Time: Up to 12 Days
Best Time to Go: March to May

Two rickety chain ladders take hikers to the top of a ridge with amazing views!

11. Pulpit Rock, Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway

Distance: 4.5 Miles
Time: 4 Hours
Best Time to Go: April to October

Norway has some of the most spectacular views for those who can conquer their fear of heights. Pulpit Rock, or Preacher’s Pulpit, is just one of these. Although the 2 hour hike itself with an elevation change of 1082 ft is not terrifying, the destination is a cliff 604 m (1982 ft) tall.

12. Crypt Lake Trail, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

Distance: 11 Miles
Time: 6 Hours

With amazing waterfalls and stunning views, this hike requires you to scramble, cling, and crawl through isolated spots in the Canadian Rockies.

13. Devil’s Path, New York, USA

Distance: 24.2 Miles
Time: 2-3 Days
Best Time to Go: March to October

This hike takes you in a straight line rather than through switchbacks. The result is a gut-wrenching hike over loose rock, vertical scrambles, and sheer drops. You are rewarded with multiple peaks and viewpoints.

14. Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Distance: 11 Miles
Time: Full Day
Best Time to Go: Year Round

This hike offers beautiful views of the coastline but also evokes sheer terror. Portions of the trail have you facing a rocky ocean below as you edge along a 300-foot cliff.

15. Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah, USA

Distance: 5 Miles
Time: 3-5 Hours
Best Time to Go: March to October

One of the iconic hikes in Zion National Park, Angels Landing is not for the faint of heart. Since 2004, there have been 6 deaths from falling off the side of the mountain on this trail. There are even portions of the trail that offer chains to help steady yourself while there are thousand foot drop-offs on both sides. However, once you’re at the top, the views are truly incredible!

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