SCARY GOOD VIEWS
Steady your nerves on these 15 trails that flirt with danger en route to the country’s grandest vistas.
Get on a high ledge, a crumbly cliff, or a knife-edge ridge and your body will recognize the feeling before your brain catches on. Pumping heart, sweaty palms, weak knees— they’re telling you that, no matter how strong you think you are, you will never win a fight against gravity. But even when your brain balks, hikers know that the seam between safety and danger is hallowed ground, the place where limits are found—and exceeded. In these 15 places, the trail narrows to the exact size of that seam, putting you face to face with your own fears and some of the country’s most mind-bending views. Here, the risk is worth the reward.
See West Virginia’s Dolly Sods as an eagle would on the Nelson Rocks via ferrata (page 75).