It's hard to imagine that some of the best hikes on the planet are not here to stay. But threats to the environment, natural disasters, war, and politics that favor development over recreation and conservation could wipe out many trails, as well as the ecosystems through which they wander. The following ten trails are in trouble. Worse, the threats they face signal far greater troubles for the future of wild places and the planet. —Doug Schnitzspahn


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About the Writer

Boulder, Colorado-based writer Doug Schnitzspahn knows trails. He spent six seasons building and maintaining them while working for the U.S. Forest Service in Montana and Idaho, and as a freelance writer and explorer he has checked off countless summits across the globe.