Talk to most mountaineers, trail runners, or mountain bikers, and they’ll tell you that hiking is the weak sibling of adventurous outdoor sports. A little too slow, a little too granola, not enough adrenaline.
But some of the most dangerous adventures in the world involve simply putting one foot in front of the other. Exposure, wild animals, guerrilla fighters, heat—just some of the variables that can turn a walk through the mountains into a flirt with death. And while many people complete these routes unscathed, they’re dangerous enough that a few mistakes can leave you seriously injured—or dead.
Yosemite National Park, California
West Coast Trail, Vancouver, Canada
Mount Huashan, China
Catskill, New York
Peek-a-boo Gulch, Utah
Kalalau trail, Kauai, Hawaii
Route to Pacaya, Guatemala
Kokoda Track, Papua New Guinea
El Caminito del Rey, Spain