Angels Landing, United States
One of the most popular day hikes in North America, Angels Landing is a test for real thrill seekers. This 3-hour long trail is in Zion National Park, famous for its steep red cliffs. You’ll hike through these cliffs with the help of chains and occasional scrambling. Do not underestimate this hike though. There are spots with over 1000ft (300meter) drops on both sides, so if you have even the slightest fear of heights, you’re better off finding other hikes to explore in Zion.
El Caminito Del Rey, Spain
First constructed as a way for workers to commute in the mountains, this notorious hike was considered among the most dangerous in the world until 2015. It has taken lives, and that comes as no surprise considering that it used to be a 5-foot (1.5m) wide rock path with nothing but steep cliffs on one side and a 350ft (105m) drop on the other. These days it’s perfectly safe, as in 2015 wooden boardwalks and sturdy hanging bridges were constructed. In fact, it’s more like the world’s best day walk than a hike. It still offers the same spectacular sights — and a good adrenaline rush if you happen to look down!
The Volcano Hike, Iceland
Iceland is known for its otherworldly nature and the Volcano Hike will show you just that. Start at the lush Thórsmörk valley and hike over to a mountain pass squeezed between two glaciers. On your way you’ll see craters, various volcano rocks, Icelandic moss and many more breathtaking natural wonders. This wonderful day hike takes about 6 hours and can get quite physically challenging, but it’s well worth the effort.
Mirador Base de Las Torres, Chile
Patagonia’s go-to adventure spot, this 7-hour long hike definitely belongs among the best short hikes in the world. Getting to the viewpoint of Torres del Paine takes good effort – 3000ft (915m) in elevation gain, some steep climbing and potentially challenging weather stands between you and the epic granite towers. And yet, it’s an experience any hiker will treasure.