7 Terrifying Cliff Walks That’ll Make You Dizzy Just Looking At Them

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This bridge was featured in 1993 action movie Cliffhanger, Via Ferrate, The Dolomites, Italy
Image: Carlo Bezoari
This perilous-looking via ferrata bridge in the Dolomites had a starring role in 1993 action movie Cliffhanger.

Strolling along a scenic walkway and taking in the magnificent views of nearby nature is a great way to de-stress and clear the head. What’s more, tackling such elevated pathways around cliffs, mountains and treetops will certainly ensure that all other niggling little life problems disappear, at least momentarily, banished by the focus needed for the dangerous task at hand.

Featuring such perilous pathways as a bridge suspended at an altitude of nearly 10,000 feet and the ominously named “stairway to nothingness,” these vertigo-inducing pictures are bound to get the blood pumping and adrenaline spiking just from looking at them.

Don't look down along the Hua Shan plank walk, Mount Hua
Image: Andrew MacDonald
Looking down while tackling the Hua Shan plank walk isn’t advisable.

7. Hua Shan Plank Walk, Mount Hua – Shaanxi, China

The Hua Shan plank walk is known as one of the planet’s most treacherous – and indeed scariest – pathways. Despite this, it was conquered in 2011 by Mike Kowalski, who wrote on his Travels of Mike blog, “2,000 meters in the air, I peer over the edge of the rickety wooden planking and wonder why I am on this insane cliff walk.” Judging by the photographs of this precarious trail, such a question seems entirely reasonable.

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The treacherous Hua Shan plank walk
Image: Karl and Betty Schendel
The treacherous way back along the plank walk

Mount Hua is positioned within the Qin range of mountains in China’s central province of Shaanxi. Part of an awe-inspiring cliffside pathway, the plank walk lies at an altitude of roughly 5,000 feet, up on Mount Hua’s South Peak – the mountain’s highest summit, itself rising to a total of more than 7,000 feet above sea level. The walkway is made up of shallow purchases cut into the rock and, as pictured, those narrow timber planks. In addition, to make edging along the risky route even more difficult, foot traffic flows both ways, forcing people to squirm past one another.

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