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Is there a single word that can be used instead of very steep when talking about hiking? E.g.

The last part of the hiking trail was very steep.

Sheer might fit but it seems to refer more to a straight cliff than a steep trail.

  • What did your dictionaries, thesauruses and search engines leave unclear? – Robbie Goodwin Dec 4 '18 at 22:51
  • My thesaurus only listed steep, not very steep. Some searching online gave me the answer below and I thought it might be useful for others as it was not the most apparent answer when searching online; many of the synonyms for steep are not applicable when used in the context of referring to a hiking trail. – Isak Dec 6 '18 at 15:52
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Precipitous — meaning very steep — is fitting to use when referring to a trail or road that has an exceptionally steep angle. E.g.

The road up the mountain is precipitous.

  • Almost so, logically. I suggest you can't find any significant example of "precipitous"going upwards… – Robbie Goodwin Dec 4 '18 at 22:29

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