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America’s Scariest Trails: What are You Afraid of?

Haunted mountains? Vanished campers? Bloodthirsty creatures? An evil wind that lures hikers over a waterfall? We dare you to hike America's scariest trails.
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Big Bend’s Deadly Past

With more than 200 murders recorded here, it’s no wonder the Chisos Mountains are named for ghosts.


Mt. Washington’s Phantom Crowds

Never let your guard down on this deadly peak, where the weather–and spirits–are unpredictable.


Yosemite’s Supernatural Wind

Go ahead and hike to this park’s famous lakes and waterfalls. Just watch your step–and your back.


Tragedy in the Grand Canyon

When bodies can’t be buried, do their spirits ever rest? Hike to the scene of this wreck and find out.


Supernatural Sights

Alpine views and starry skies are nice, but on these unsettling hikes you might see something really stunning.


Vanished

Lost? Murdered? When the wilderness swallows people without a trace, who’s to say what happened?


Bloodthirsty Creatures

Bigfoot? He’s a softy compared to the other menacing monsters lurking in the woods near you.


Really, I Saw it Myself

True tales from BACKPACKER editors and readers
 

Scary Hikes and Trails: The Reading List

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