7 of the craziest, most dangerous, most dizzying hikes in the world (VIDEOS)

Posted Feb 25th 2010 1:27PM by Rosemary Kitchen
Filed under: Hiking, Video

Hiking is, of course, a common outdoor sport and leisure activity, enjoyed by millions of people every day. However, there are several hiking trails throughout the world that only the bravest would attempt. They're dangerous and are only meant for the most adventurous of people (or the craziest!). The videos below provide a glimpse into seven of the world's most dangerous hiking trails. Pull on your gloves, your hiking boots -- and your Brave Hat! -- and check these out.

A hike through Spain's El Caminito del Rey ("The King's Little Pathway") is not for the faint of heart. In fact, the narrow pathways, incredible height, and sharp rocks below are the stuff of nightmares. I don't know how the person filmed and walked at the same time.

Hiking takes on a completely different look at Mount Hua, which has been called "the world's most dangerous hike" This is the perfect hiking spot for those who have dreamed of hiking on old wood chained to the side of a mountain thousands of feet in the air. The clip gets really nerve-racking at about the 2-minute mark (not surprisingly, that's where the occasional expletive slips out...).

If caves and wild life are your thing a hike through Tennessee's Mount LeConte may be just what the doctor ordered. Just beware of the bats and the really steep inclines. Fortunately, this video has a really nice tour guide explaining all the dangers and annoyances.

Machu Picchu offers beautiful sights, stunning flora, and one of the steepest tumbles -- I mean hiking trails -- in the world. Don't. Look. Down.

Angel's Landing in Utah is one of the narrowest hiking trails in the world. Those who are afraid of heights or small spaces may want to skip this incredibly sheer hiking trail.

The Philippines' Mount Pinatubo attracts adrenaline-junkies from all over the world. The views are stunning, the paths are steep, and... Oh yeah!, it's a volcano that erupted in 1991. Be sure to bring your rock climbing equipment, and your lucky rabbit's foot.

Just for grins, here's another clip of Mount Hua, further proving this hike is best reserved for those who love taking the stairs. [Ed's note: instead of "Beautiful Day," the most appropriate U2 song should've been "Vertigo."]

Now, let's go hiking!

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