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Haunted Hikes You Can Take With Your Dog – if You Dare

With thousands of miles of hiking trails, Washington is the perfect place to have an outdoor adventure with your dog – even (and perhaps for some, particularly) when it’s “spooky.” Autumn is heralded in with earlier evenings, crisp air and leaves, and eerie experiences. October is a time of goblins and ghouls, tricks and treats, haunts and hunts for the spookiest things to do. Can you handle the most haunted hikes to take with your hound? From Silver Star Mountain to the Spruce Railroad Trail and from Lime Kiln Trail to Iron Goat Trail, you can lace up your tennies, grab your dog and leash, and get ready to hit the trail – if you dare!

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Spruce Railroad Trail, Lake Crescent
Olympic National Park
8 miles, easy difficulty level
Dogs must be kept on leash

A murder, missing person cases, the “Lady of the Lake,” and plentiful bigfoot sightings near Lake Crescent make the Spruce Railroad Trail one of the spookiest places you can take your dog for a hike. In 1929, Russell and Blanch Warren disappeared close to Lake Crescent; their car was eventually found in 2002 in 170 feet of water, but their bodies were never found. In 1937, a woman named Hallie Latham Illingworth went missing; her body was found three years later in Lake Crescent. Because of the cold water, she hadn’t decomposed; instead, her body had essentially turned to soap. Her body showed signs of strangulation and her husband was prosecuted for her death. She’s said to still haunt the lake and the surrounding areas. In the 1960s, an ambulance also crashed into the lake, and the patient on board drowned. Keep your eyes peeled for ghosts and sasquatch – and pay close attention to your dog’s behavior!

The Silver Star Trail, Silver Star Mountain
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
4.4 miles, moderate difficulty level
Dogs must be kept on leash

Silver Star Mountain is reportedly the home of a local sasquatch population. A 2005 sighting of an unknown bipedal was bolstered by a mysterious photograph that was investigated by the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization. The photos were inconclusive, but researchers did not believe that they were hoaxed. The Silver Star Trail is a moderate 4.4-mile hike that’s accessible from March until November – which gives you just enough time to take a Halloween hike!

Lime Kiln Trail, Granite Falls
Mountain Loop Highway
6.7 miles, easy difficulty level
Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on leash

Granite Falls and the surrounding area have had numerous sightings of both ghosts and sasquatch – and the Lime Kiln Trail is well known for a particularly spooky tree. The trail is accessible year-round, but is at its spooky best once the leaves have turned gold and brown and darkness seeps in early. The trail takes you to the site of an abandoned town and an old lime kiln, complete with creepy relics.

Iron Goat Trail, Stevens Pass
Mount Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest
5.7 miles, easy difficulty level
Dogs must be kept on leash

The Iron Goat Trail, which is accessible from March until November, is reportedly haunted by 96 souls that were lost in a tragic railroad accident in 1910. When a fourteen-foot bank of snow hit two trains on Stevens Pass, they plunged 150 feet into the Tye River Gorge. To this day, this continues to be the most deadly avalanche in U.S. history. While the railroad tracks were abandoned almost 90 years ago, the tracks and tunnels (tunnels aren’t recommended for dogs) still have an eerie feel to them, especially during the autumn and winter.

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