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.
Alpine views and starry skies are nice, but on these unsettling hikes you might see something really stunning.
Lost? Murdered? When the wilderness swallows people without a trace, who’s to say what happened?
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