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Best hikes for thrill-seekers

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Most thrilling hikes in the US

Hiking is the perfect way to connect with nature and get a great workout. Check out these top eight hikes for thrill-seekers!
Most thrilling hikes in the US
The Maze, Canyonlands National Park, Utah


North Mt. Elbert Trail – Leadville, Colorado

Length: 8.7 miles

Challenges: The elevation (14,440 feet!) is the highest in the state of Colorado. Make sure to get an early start to this hike, since thunderstorms often roll in during the afternoon.

Why it’s worth it: The vast views at the top make the difficult hike worth it. You’ll also see beautiful streams and abundant wildlife.


Duncan Ridge Trail – northern Georgia

Length: 30.1 miles

Challenges: The heat and wild animals. The trail is known for bears and large snakes. Make sure you’re prepared and bring plenty of water.

Why it’s worth it: It’s Georgia’s most challenging hike, complete with gorgeous views and plenty of wildlife.


The Maze – Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Length: 13.5 miles

Challenges: There are numerous canyons leading to dead-ends, which can mean even the most experienced hikers can get lost. This trail sees only 2,000 people per year on average due to the likelihood of getting lost!

Why it’s worth it: While the hike is extremely challenging, there’s never been a death — meaning it is pretty safe as long as you’re a pro at reading a map. Also, nothing comes close to being in Utah’s most beautiful canyons and seeing nature at its best.


Devil’s Path – New York

Length: 25 miles

Challenges: The hike is extremely steep and can be slippery in certain spots. That, coupled with black bears in the area, make it one of the most dangerous — and thrilling — hikes in the US.

Why it’s worth it: The peaks allow for one-of-a-kind views of the Catskills, and there are beautiful waterfalls along the trail.

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