Why do you hike? To exercise? To connect with nature? To scare the living daylights out of yourself? If you identify with the latter, cinch those boots tight – these 30 trails are not for the faint of heart.
The Narrows, Longs Peak, Colorado
The “Keyhole” is the route of choice for most Longs Peak climbers, but it’s also no stranger to fatalities.
Nicknamed the Suicide Forest, this small patch of woodland doesn’t offer particularly difficult trekking, but it does see around 100 suicides every year, making it a spine-chilling yet popular tourist destination.
Not exactly “terrifying,” but the “sailing stones” of Racetrack Playa move on their own accord – a longstanding mystery recently attributed to melting ice sheets. Racetrack Playa is home to a delightful and bizarre scientific phenomenon, one well worth seeing in person.
It’s not hard to get lost in the aptly named, notorious Maze. Don’t expect to pull up in your air-conditioned car, check out The Maze for a few minutes and then grab a corn dog and a souvenir; The Maze is 50 miles away from the closest road.
In 2010, a reporter covering the Pacaya Volcano was tragically (and ironically) killed by an explosion of molten rock. If hiking alongside lava flows sounds like fun, you might have a screw loose, but head to Guatemala to give it a try.
Over a hundred years ago, the WCT was built to facilitate rescues of storm-struck shipwrecks. Now, the wild trail is home to cougars and wolves, as well as near vertical climbs and stunning coastal views.
In 1991, Pinatubo erupted with cataclysmic force, provoking far-reaching environmental outcomes. Pinatubo’s still active, so if you decide to climb it, keep your ear to the ground for rumblings and grumblings.
One look at the Cascade Saddle and it’s no surprise that Mt. Aspiring National Park has seen its fair share of hiker fatalities. While you need not worry about orcs and dark wizards on this New Zealand hike, we wouldn’t mind catching a ride on a giant eagle to the Saddle. Was that too nerdy?
Follow the exploits of the Active Junky team as they take on a brand new objective. In search of multi-sport adventure, the travelers will explore different destinations—while telling stories, sharing photos and reviewing gear as they go. This time around? The forests and fjords, volcanoes and valleys of Chile!