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Top 7 most dangerous hiking trails in the world

By Edited Dec 20, 2013 0 0

Do you like to hike? Are you looking to add some trills and chills to your hiking experience that won’t soon forget? Here is a list of 7 scary and dangerous hiking trails that will add some excitement to your hiking trip.

El Caminito Del Rey, Spain

This path is located near the village of Álora, Spain. This trail was built in 1905 and it was originally built to be a walkway for the workers of a hydroelectric plant. In 1921 the Spanish king Alfonso XIII crossed it which is how it got its nickname “The Kings Little Path”.

El Caminito Del Rey

There are several things that make this path scary. It is built on the side of a narrow gorge with a 350 foot, or 100 meter drop to the river below. The path itself is roughly three-foot, or one meter wide and is in a state of disrepair. Since the path is in a highly deteriorated state, there are sections that have collapsed which means that you will have to do some rock climbing to get past these collapsed areas.

In the year 2000, the trail was closed by the Spanish Government due to several deaths that occurred on the El Caminito Del Ray.  This however has not stopped adventure seekers from crossing the trail. In 2011, Spain began repairs to the El Caminito Del Ray since it is such a huge tourist attraction. The repairs are expected to take three years to complete.

Mount Huashan Trail, China

Next on the list is the Mount Huashan trail located near the city of Huayin in the province of Shannxi. This is a trail built on the side of one of China’s most sacred mountains, and it consists of narrow trails on the mountain with several bridges a foot wide that consist of some pieces of wood stuck into the mountain forming a walkway.

Mount Huashan Trail

Mount Huashan has five peaks with the tallest peak reaching a little over 7000 foot tall. Because there have been many deaths from hikers falling, the Chinese Government has done some remodeling to the paths making them safer. In addition to that, a cable car has been installed to give people a lift to the top who don’t want to hike the dangerous trail.

Rover’s Run, Anchorage Alaska

If man-made trails on the side of mountains aren’t for you, then you could consider this trail for some fun and excitement. Rover’s Run is a two-mile long trail that run’s along the South Fork Campbell Creek and is used mainly by bike riders and is known for its bear population.

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The Ultimate Hiker's Gear Guide: Tools and Techniques to Hit the Trail

Normally when in bear country people can scare the bears away by making a lot of noise. The problem with Rover’s Run is that people riding bikes don’t make much noise and tend to travel faster than hikers. This is a deadly combination since it is a lot easier to sneak up and surprise a bear. The result is a large number of bear attacks that occur on a yearly basis while on this path.

Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Needless to say the active volcano is what makes this hiking trail so dangerous. With this trail you can experience Pacaya Volcano up close and personal. Volcano Pacaya is located in Pacaya National Park which is around 19 miles southwest of Guatemala City.

Pacaya Volcano

There is only one main trail that leads to the volcano to help protect the people and the volcano. The park also charges a small fee to pay for maintenance of the trail. The last eruption peaked on May 27, 2010. There is still flowing lava running close to the trails on the volcano.

Skyline Trail, Palm Springs

Skyline Trail is a very strenuous hike around nine miles long that ascends around 8400 foot. If you choose to hike this trail during the summer then prepare for heat that is in the triple digits. During the winter, the top of the mountain tends to get clogged with snow and ice making the trail very slippery.

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The Backpacker's Handbook, 4th Edition

There are several deaths associated with this trail per year and many more rescues. If you choose to hike Skyline Trail take lots of water with you and remember that once you start, there is no turning back.

West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island

With this adventurous trail not only do you have to deal with the dangerous trail, but you also have to watch out for the wildlife such as bears and wolves. This trail was originally built to help rescue workers rescue shipwreck survivors.  The West Coast trail has rough terrain and in some places tend to be slippery and in poor shape.

West Coast Trail is roughly 47 miles long and is open from May 1 to September 30. It is possible to hike the trail outside of those months, however services such as search and rescue might not be in use during the off-season.

Peek – a – boo Gulch, Utah

If you are claustrophobic then you might want to skip this hiking trail. This trail goes through a cave that has many extremely narrow spaces that you will have to go through to get to the other side. Besides being very narrow in places, Peek - a – boo gulch is also wet and slippery in some places especially after it rains.

Spooky Gulch

Spooky Gulch is close to peek – a – boo Gulch and can be combined to form a big loop. Peek - a – boo gulch is around two miles round-trip, or you can combine it with spooky gulch for a three and a half mile round trip. Be warned though, people have gotten stuck and had to be rescued in the past. Even if you are not over-weight, you will still have a hard time squeezing through some of the narrow passages.

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