7 Of The Most Dangerous Hikes In America

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2. Mist Trail, Half Dome, CA

The Mist Trail can be found in world-renowned Yosemite National Park, attracting thousands of visitors each year daring enough to climb to Half Dome’s 8,836-foot-high peak. While the hike is beautiful, passing through beautiful pine forests and waterfalls, the final staircase that leads to the steel cables that will take you the last 400 vertical feet to the top of the dome have claimed the lives of six hikers since 1995.

Even with the assistance of steel cables, the final ascent to Half Dome requires great strength and isn’t for the faint at heart. And even with the assistance of cables, multiple hikers have died — when when a hiker was attempting to pass other climbers on the cables.

Aside from death-defying heights, another danger that plagues the Mist Trail is the altitude change. Within four hours of the start of a journey to the summit of Half Dome, hikers can gain 1,463 vertical meters. Additionally during winter, spring, and fall seasons, rainfall makes rocks slippery and especially hazardous.

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