Adventure seekers get ready for the hike of your life. If you have been looking for an extreme adventure, look for no further than you, nature and one scary trail. This is no walk in the park type of hike, but yet a stimulating exploration for your mind, body and senses. These trails are conquered only with the most bold and the daring trekkers. Are you one of them?
El Caminito del Rey Trail | Spain
“The Kings Little Pathway” is largely scary in various ways. This walkway is pinned against steep walls of the narrow gorge, El Chorro. The pathway is about three feet wide, situated 330 feet above water. At some points, the trail is missing, leaving nothing but a holes or a metal pole to continue the hike. If you complete the hike, you will sure feel like a king and maybe nauseous in the stomach too.The trail is currently closed, but may open in the future after restoration.
Once walked by monks, is now the adventure tourists playground. One wrong step could be the end your life on this trail. Hikers must not only face a challenging trail, but ladders, cables, ledges, temples on top of ridges and staircases enclosed into the side of stone. Pray to the heavens that the ladders will carry your body weight as these rickety old things are bolted into stone.
Devil’s Path | Catskills, New York
Known as the toughest hike in eastern United States, this trail is located two hours north of New York City. This wild hike features near vertical sections that require scrambling skills. The waterfalls are beautiful but creates slippery downhill slopes, so if you fall gravity is on your side to take you far down this bone crushing path. This 25 mile path contains six tough ascends throughout the deep forests. Don’t forget your bear mace. This region is home to the black bear.
Claustrophobic? If so, conquer your worst nightmare in the Utah desert. If the movie, 127 hours, pumped you up, than you are mentally ready for this hike. Located in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, you’ll squeeze through narrow slits of sandstone bedrock. Get ready for tunnels, potholes, slits and a nice swim in not-so-nice water.
This 48-mile trail may take you seven scary days to complete. The trail is situated in bear, cougar and wolf infested land, which makes man a tasty target. Injuries are common as hikers traverse along steep slopes, wooden ladders situated on cliffs and bridges are a part of the journey. Although the sites are amazing, the hike can be tough, brutal and best of petrifying.
Nothing is scarier than knowing that people have died on a trail. At least five hikers to date have died attempting this route. The hike is eight miles in length and the last leg is a 400 foot vertical ascent on the granite surface. Hikers who have knee problems on the down-slope should think twice as there is nothing besides you, the rock, air and a hand cable.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.