In a world of extreme sports, hiking may seem like a rather tame activity. If that’s your perspective, perhaps these 10 hikes will change your mind. From sheer mountainsides to broiling desert canyons, these dangerous trails regularly test the mettle of the most hardened outdoor enthusiasts and leave many breathless?sometimes permanently.
1. ANGEL’S LANDING: ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH
This wickedly narrow trail is not for the timid. Though the 5-mile path is well maintained and even paved in places, the last half-mile ascends over 1,400 feet along a slippery spine of sandstone that drops off hundreds of feet on either side. Several people have fallen to their deaths trying to reach the formation’s 5,700-foot peak in the past decade alone. One seasoned hiker said, ‘It scared the hell out of me.’