32. Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii (22 miles)Learn More
A perennial shoo-in for the World’s Most Beautiful-Dangerous Hike, the trail presents a stunning yet precarious gateway to one of the remotest parts of Kauai: Kalalau Beach. Situated on the Na Pali Coast (na pali means “the cliffs” in Hawaiian), the hike skirts 300-foot-cliffs that drop straight into the ocean, and it’s on terrain that’s quickly eroding in places – the trail can literally move beneath your feet, with rocks and trees coming loose in the soft soil. Mudslides aren’t uncommon, and some hikers have even fallen off, though no one has died (yet). It might sound like an episode of Lost, but the upside is you’re rewarded with an isolated beach campsite in Hawaii, which is hard to come by these days.
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