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Yosemite National Park was established in 1890 and draws about 3.7 million visitors each year. Many of those people could tell you some creepy stories about Yosemite. Whether it was a creepy voice on the wind or a large rustle in the forest, the vast, open wilderness can cause some serious unease. According to some famous Yosemite legends, there really is more than just deer and bear scampering around its vast forests.   

There are stories of encounters with Bigfoot, run-ins with the peculiar creatures know as Nightcrawlers, and even sightings of UFOs in Yosemite. There have been shocking murders and a large number of mysterious disappearances. There are plenty of Yosemite urban legends and Yosemite creepy stories, but are any of them true? Read through this list of unsettling stories, vote up the tales that chill you to the bone, and decide for yourself if there's anything to fear in the California wilderness.
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Grouse Lake Has Its Own Jason Voorhees


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Many hikers have reported a wailing sound erupting from Grouse Lake. The first documented report of this phenomenon came from Galen Clark, Yosemite’s first park ranger in 1857. Clark heard the cries and thought perhaps it was a dog so he asked the local Indian tribe if they’d lost one. They told him it wasn’t a dog and not to go after it. According to them, an Indian boy drowned in the lake many years ago and now he haunts it, calling out to those who pass by. If anyone goes into the water after him, he’ll grab their feet and pull them down into the lake to drown.
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Mysterious Disappearances Are a Regular Occurrence


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Many children have gone missing in Yosemite with bizarre elements in common. They tend to disappear in locations rich with huckleberries and many times a storm follows, washing away tracks or clues. They are found very far away and are always missing clothing or shoes with no scrapes on their feet proving - almost like they teleported to a different part of the park.    
 
Local lore tells of a few beasts that could be responsible, like the cannibalistic Wendigo or the mountain devils called Seeahtiks, who possess hypnotic abilities and extraordinary strength.
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A Park Ranger Found Three Meticulously Severed Deer Heads on a Trail


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A ranger for the Backcountry Division in Yosemite Park recalls a strange experience while patrolling on foot. In the middle of a trail, he found a freshly severed deer head. The cut was clean and there was no body or blood to be found. Hunting was illegal during that time of year, so he surveyed the area, buried the head, and continued on. Half a mile later, he found a second deer head in the middle of the trail.

Panic set in as he realized he was 30 miles away from his vehicle and whoever did this could be watching him. Again, he surveyed the area, found nothing, and buried the head. Before finishing his patrol, he discovered a third deer head, almost completely stripped of skin. He reported the creepy trail of deer heads but who put them there remains a mystery.
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7 people just voted on Creatures Known as Nightcrawlers Lurk in the Woods


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These mysterious creatures have been spotted and captured on film in Fresno and Yosemite. The slow, awkward beings, which resemble a pair of white pants, have been given the nicknames “Nightcrawlers” and the “Fresno Alien.” A Native American totem eerily similar to these creatures was found, and when local Native Americans were asked about it, they said Nightcrawlers are a peaceful race that existed here for many years but came from a planet of mostly swampland (which is why they have long legs) to rebuild the union between man and nature. 
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The Norman Bates of Yosemite


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In February 1999, 43-year-old Carole Sund, her 15-year-old daughter Juli, and Juli's 16-year-old friend Silvina Pelosso checked into the Cedar Lodge and never checked out. A hiker found their red Pontiac torched deep in the mountains with Carole and Silvina in the trunk, and six days later, the FBI received a map leading them to Juli. Her throat had been slashed.  

Then in July, a teacher at the Yosemite Institute, Joie Ruth Armstrong, went missing.  Her body was found 27 feet away from her head in a drainage ditch. The deranged woman-hating lunatic responsible turned out to be Cedar Lodge’s handyman Cary Stayner. He would use his position to gain access to his victims. He confessed to all the murders, also confessed he planned to kill his girlfriend and her daughter on Valentine's Day, but didn't go through with it.
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Yosemite Is Bigfoot's Stomping Grounds


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A California Conservation Corps worker was camping in the Tuolumne meadows of Yosemite one night when he heard heavy footsteps heading straight for his tent. He went out to investigate and was faced with what he could only describe as the legendary Bigfoot. Once his brain processed what the roughly 600-pound beast covered in black fur and standing on two legs was, he screamed. To his surprise, the creature screamed back and retreated.
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An Evil Wind Dwells Near the Waterfalls


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According to the Miwok and Ah-wah-nee tribes, there is an evil spirit of the wind called “Po-ho-no” that lurks near Yosemite’s waterfalls. Like a siren, this entity lures people to the edge of the falls and lets out a gust, sending them plummeting into the afterlife.    
 
One legend goes that while picking berries by the falls, two Ah-wah-nee women saw a mist swirl up and it entranced the younger of the two. As the girl moved closer, the mist let out a shriek and whipped her down into the rocky waters below. When the chief was told what happened, he forbid anyone from going near the abode of this evil spirit. The falls of Yosemite have claimed the lives of several hikers in recent years - could Po-ho-no be to blame?
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The Ahwahnee Hotel Has an Attentive Ghost


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Former manager Mary Curry Tresidder allegedly haunts Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel. She died in her living quarters on the top floor in 1970. Guests and staff members have all reported seeing the busy ghost bustling around the hallways, moving up and down the stairs, and checking in on visitors. There have also been reports of a rocking chair moving on its own in one of the suites. The problem is, that suite doesn’t actually have a rocking chair in it.