People Describe The Creepiest Things They've Encountered While Hiking

As you hike deeper and deeper into the woods, chances are you will come across creepy things that will haunt you on your way out. Nobody can ever guess what is hanging around in the darkest parts of the wilderness. 

After reading these freaky stories from hikers all over the world, you will definitely want a partner for your next hiking trip. It would be nice to have a friend around when you get goosebumps or when you need someone to corroborate your frightening tale...

  • Hikers Discover Cave Filled with Photographs, Writings, and Bones

    "A few years ago, I was backpacking in Eastern Washington with some friends of mine. I don't know how well you guys know Eastern Washington, but it's pretty much dust, sagebrush, and dirt.

    We decided to hike up onto the top of this canyon, and from up there, you could see miles and miles of nothing. After a few hours of traversing the top of the cliff, we eventually found a little crevasse that kind of took us underground into a pretty decently sized cave.

    The cave was filled with little bones, like mice and bats. In one of the corners of the cave, there was a rock fixture that jutted up from the ground and almost made a separate "room." In the room, we found lots of scratches on the walls, photographs, and three bottles with notes in them. While this was kind of off-putting on its own, we figured it was just some sort of joke, and we'd find silly S.O.S. notes in the bottles.

    The scariest part about it all was the photographs were super ordinary, of families and normal people, and two of the notes in the bottles made no sense at all. While it was English, it was pretty much straight gibberish. None of the words made sense in context with the other words. The third bottle had a super ordinary letter talking about what they've been up to like something you'd send to a fairly distant relative after not talking with them for a while.

    I don't really know what to think of it all. I feel like it could easily have been someone just joking around, but it was almost too strange for that."
  • Backpackers Find Negative Film Strips Surrounding Horse Corpse

    "I was backpacking in Yellowstone above the tree line at about 10,500 feet. We are hiking on a ridge above a lake when all of a sudden we come across a horse skull. No body, just the skull.

    We get to our campsite not to far away from the lake near where we found the horse skull. When we climb down to the lake, we find the body of the horse rotting on the edge of the lake with negative film strips floating in the water and laying around the shore near the body."
  • Group Stumbles upon Abandoned Campsite with Sticks Surrounding an Antler

    "A few summers ago, I was canoeing in the Boundary Waters with some friends. A few days into our trip, at least two days of paddling from the nearest entry point, we found the creepiest campsite on an island. There was brand new, abandoned camping equipment everywhere, like a sleeping bag and camping pad. Throughout the campsite, sticks with the ends charred had been stuck in the ground. In the remains of the fire was a heavily charred toothbrush, along with the remains of a wallet, glasses, papers, and some clothes.

    The creepiest part was near the edge where a single petrified moose antler had been wedged between some boulders and surrounded by charred sticks in a circle. We got the hell out of there and as far away as we could before night. One of the creepiest things I've ever seen - it looked like it was straight out of a horror movie."
  • Family Finds out They're Not Alone in Cave

    "I took my young children to a cave not far from the house. It's a popular spot, but we had the place to ourselves. You can walk through it in about 30 minutes without too much difficulty. It has a tiny exit at the opposite end. It was pretty muddy, so we decided to turn around and head back to the entrance.

    Halfway back, there was a lit candle sitting about eight feet up on one side. It was definitely not there on the first trip. I went into full-on protective dad mode knowing there was likely someone hiding in the dark while we walked the rest of the way out."
  • Brothers Discover Hanging Corpse in the Woods

    "Hiking the Appalachian Trail, my brother and I came across a young man who had hung himself. We sprinted up to the bluff where he was strung up. I wrapped my arms around his waist to take weight off his neck while my brother cut him down with his Leatherman. He had thrown the rope up over a tall branch and lashed it off with a clove hitch at the trunk like you'd hang a bear-bag.

    He must've climbed the branches and dropped once laced in. We probably shouldn't have even tried; he was dead for sometime before we happened across him. Fortunately, no critters had come to tear him apart before we found him. It would've only gotten grislier from there. We called 911. We ended our trip pretty damn quick."

  • Group Sees Man Twitching While Staring at a Rock

    "While out exploring an old abandoned quarry with some friends, I found this dude staring at this rock, occasionally twitching, but he never turned around. We were pretty creeped out, so we didn't investigate and left pretty soon after.

    Later on that night, we found out that another friend, who was driving down the lane that runs parallel to the quarry, found a guy in a black coat standing in the middle of the road; he wouldn't move. She was pretty freaked out and had to reverse all the way back up the lane in the dark because he was still there. I'm pretty sure it was the same guy."