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, Yosemite National Park, CA, United States

At least five hikers have fallen to their deaths on the final pitch of Yosemite’s popular Half Dome formation. In the running as America’s most deadly trail, the total hike is about eight miles. But the final leg—a 400-foot ascent on slick granite to the top—is the most dangerous: cables bolted to the rock provide grip on the precipitous path, where hikers wear leather gloves and pull the cable flexing, with nothing but thousands of feet of air below their feet.

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Half Dome's Cable Route

At least five hikers have fallen to their deaths on the final pitch of Yosemite’s popular Half Dome formation. In the running as America’s most deadly trail, the total hike is about eight miles. But the final leg—a 400-foot ascent on slick granite to the top—is the most dangerous: cables bolted to the rock provide grip on the precipitous path, where hikers wear leather gloves and pull the cable flexing, with nothing but thousands of feet of air below their feet.