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Celebrate Halloween by taking on one of the world’s most spooky trails. From 100 km ultra-marathons to short morning strolls, we’ve got it covered with these scary, haunted hiking trails. So strap on your hiking boots, or lace up those trail running shoes in case you have to outrun a ghost or two, and spend your Hallow’s Eve trick or treating on the trail!

Iron Goat Trail – USA.

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Photo by Tony Kelly, licensed under Creative Commons

Situated 60 miles north of Seattle, the Iron Goat Trail marks the site of the worst railroad disaster in U.S. history. In 1910, an avalanche crashed down the slopes of Windy Mountain knocking two trains clean from the tracks; killing all on board. Follow the spooky trail as it winds through the Seattle hills and imagine yourself perched on the ice cold track over 100 years ago.

Grand Canyon National Park – USA

foggy grand canyon

Approximately 5 million people visit the canyon each year to cycle, run and hike through the area of outstanding natural beauty. Guides in the park often tell stories of the North Rims “Wailing Woman” who floats along the haunted trail crying over the husband and son she lost to the canyon.

Bodmin Moor – Great Britain

Bodmin Moor Trail

With the Beast of Bodmin Moor, the ghost of Charlotte Dymond and the final resting place of King Arthur’s sword all dotted around Bodmin, there’s a generous helping of ghoulish fun to be had this Halloween.

Transylvania Trail Traverse – Romania

transylvania trail

The Transylvanian trail begins in the shadows of the Bucegi Mountains close to Bran Castle, the home of Halloween favorite, Dracula. Epic high altitude paths skirt the ridges of the Transylvanian Alps transporting you back in time along a spooky trail to a Europe of the past.

Redbank Range Tunnel – Australia

By Bluedawe (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Bluedawe (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Buried deep in the hills behind the town of Picton, New South Wales is the now disused Redbank Range Tunnel. In 1916 a local girl named Emily Bollard began her daily journey along the railway to visit her brother. Emily entered the tunnel and met an oncoming train and her grizzly end. Local historians believe Emily still haunts Redbank.

For other spooky trails hike the 14.5 mile loop from Chisos Basin and see if you can spot Chief Alsate on the mountain or the glowing orbs in the desert the northwest, or strike out on a quick night-hike along the 1.5 mile Brown Mountain Ridge to see if you can spot the Brown Mountain Lights. Check out this list from Backpacker.com to find books full of stories on a whole lot more haunted hiking trails.

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