Posted August 27, 2013 by SmarterTravel.com
Warning: If you're scared of heights, tread lightly—just looking at the pictures in this gallery will make your stomach drop! Read on if you think you can handle these 10 scary cliff walks. They may be high risk, but these treks give high rewards in the form of views and bragging rights.
El Caminito del Rey, Malaga, Spain
Cliff Walk, Newport, Rhode Island
Newport's Cliff Walk website warns that "you pass at your own risk on the walk … In spots just a couple of feet from the path are abrupt drops of over 70 feet. Wild bushes and weeds often hide this danger." Sheer drops aren't the only dangers on this path. You also need to watch out for poison ivy, which can be easy to miss as your eyes will likely be glued to the Gilded Age mansions on one side of the trail and the beautiful but treacherous Atlantic coastline on the other.
Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie, China
Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal, Ireland
Preikestolen, Ryfylke, Norway
The Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China features steep drop-offs on each side. Add that to the pathway's poor condition, and it's easy to see why this is one of the Great Wall's most dangerous areas (but also one of its most picturesque).
Kalalau Trail, Kauai, Hawaii
This trek has all the classic Hawaiian scenery: coastal views, waterfalls, and volcanic rocks. But the sheer 300-foot drop-offs can be intimidating for some, especially those who have read about the trail on Backpacker.com, which highlights the close calls that have occurred on the precarious path. One such incident occurred in 2006, when a man slipped on the trail and fell headfirst down a slope. He was only spared from going over the cliffs when his head smashed into a rock, which stopped his descent. According to the article, "The impact separated his nostrils from his face, but he survived." They should put that quote in the tourism brochures!
There's nothing more than warning signs, a low stone barrier, and common sense to keep you from walking the hazardously narrow paths along the Cliffs of Moher. But every year, people get too close to the edges and are blown off to fall 700 feet into the ocean. If you choose to ignore the warnings, be very careful, as many parts of the path appear solid but are in fact unstable and slippery. And we don't recommend taking your bike out there—the ledge that those riders biked on has now collapsed, which just highlights how dangerous it is to venture outside of the designated paths on the Cliffs of Moher.
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