The 10 Most Dangerous Hikes in America

Like your life and limbs intact? Then you'd better get skilled before visiting these trails.

The first, and biggest, step towards staying safe in the backcountry is making the right choices: Wear the right layers, tell a friend where you're going, and bring a map and compass, and you'll stand a much better chance of coming home safe. But what about the places that carry an element of risk no matter what you do?

From a slippery Sierra catwalk to a treacherous Hawaiian paradise, we name the country's 10 most hazardous hikes. Then we break down the dangers and provide local beta for conquering each route.