The 8 Most Challenging Hiking Trails in America

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The 8 Most Challenging Hiking Trails in America

Whether you’re up for tackling dangerously steep inclines or running into snow during the warmest months of the year, you’ll find your next weekend adventure among these trecherous treks.

Canyonlands, UT

To remind yourself of the subtle dangers of the Canyonlands, we suggest watching the movie 127 Hours before taking on this hike. Make sure you know how to handle a map and have plenty of water before descending into a literal labyrinth, which is ensconced in a sandstone prison heated to a toasty 110° in the daytime. Local rangers suggest bringing along a GPS unit to help deal with the fact that this “trail” is rather trail-less. Dead-end canyons, dry washes, and continuous sandstone features tend to blend together, often stymying the most savvy of adventurers. Don’t forget to file your detailed itinerary with a ranger—most people don’t survive a self-amputation.

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