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Solo Hikers Share Their Creepiest Trail Experiences

List RulesVote up the eeriest creepy solo hiking stories.

If someone is going to embark on a hike all alone, one would hope that they have experience, know the area well, and are carrying all necessary equipment. Even with the best planning, there can still be unexpected creepiness lurking along the trail. On Reddit, people who have taken solo hiking trips share their eeriest experiences in nature. 

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    77 VOTES

    They Ran Into A Malicious-Looking Stranger In The Clearing

    From Redditor u/KnyghtRyder77:

    I grew up in the foothills of a large mountain range, and I started hiking at a fairly young age. One afternoon in my early teens, I decided to go out alone, as my usual hiking friend was busy with a family commitment. I called and left a message for her as to where I would be anyway, just in case she got home early and wanted to me meet out there (this was in the days of answering machines). As this was essentially our backyard, I always felt safe and comfortable.

    Approximately two miles in was a draw, which was a pretty popular place for us to hike out to due to a little waterfall and a pretty stream. I was there about 10 minutes, when I looked up at the east ridge. Through a clearing in trees, I saw what I thought was my friend walking through the brush. So I called out to her; however, it was most definitely not my friend. The person (I’m pretty sure it was a woman, but I really couldn’t tell for sure) backed up to the clearing in the trees and turned to face me. The look on their face terrified me. It was simultaneously malicious and gleeful. Something in my heart, my brain, my being told me to RUN. I made it back to our house in record time, where my brother eventually found me lying in the grass. Pretty sure I passed out for a few seconds from not breathing during my sprint home.

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    47 VOTES

    They Found A Mysterious Chunk Of Flesh On The Trail

    From Redditor u/TwoGeese:

    I was solo hiking on the Kenai peninsula. I got a few miles from the trailhead (empty; I was the only one there), and right in the middle of the trail was a chunk of flesh. It was about the size of a saucer plate and THICK. Probably about four to five inches thick.

    One side was covered with thick longish black hair, so I figured it had to be from a black bear. The bottom side was raw flesh. It was a deep chunk. And it was fresh. There was nothing else around it. No blood on the trail. No sign of a struggle. Nothing. Just a thick, fresh chunk of black bear flesh in the middle of the trail. Freaked me out a little.

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    105 VOTES

    They Were Followed On A Secluded Trail

    From Redditor u/littletinything:

    I wanted to go for a short five-mile hike with my non-confrontational and overly friendly Husky to a local SoCal spot. Rather than take the normal trail, I thought I would try the trail that leaves the park... As I near the end of the park trail, there was a man up ahead sitting down, drinking a beer, in jeans and NOT hiking shoes or attire. Red flag for me. He sees me coming, stands up, and starts walking towards me, and I turn around immediately.

    My Husky, however, wants pets and to say hi. No one else is around because nobody takes this trail, and he tries asking me where I’m going, where I’m from, and other weird questions to get me to stay. I was hiking on a weekday, so the trail was pretty empty. I was scared. I started up the mountain, and HE WAS FOLLOWING ME up a pretty gnarly hike in jeans and regular shoes. I found a spot where the trail split, one path continued up the mountain, one went back down, with brush in the middle. So I jumped far into the brush to hide while he chose a path and kept up the mountain, thinking I kept ascending. As soon as he was out of sight, I descended the way I came and hightailed it out of there. I had a knife and pepper spray, but I never want to come to a point to have to use it.

    My Husky is useless as far as protection, my Lab mix would have gone ballistic. I don’t hike without my boyfriend now, as my Lab is 14 years old.

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    154 VOTES

    They Saw A Man Sitting In A Tree Wearing Pajamas

    From Redditor u/mrwitch:

    I was hiking through the remnants of a remote, long-abandoned town and the surrounding area. To get to as far into the woods as I was, you had to cross fallen trees over a creek three times. I had just crossed the third "bridge" and was about five miles in, when something blue caught my eye just ahead of me.

    There was a man, in his 60s at least, wearing blue, satin pajamas, sitting in a tree. The closer I got to him, the louder he laughed; it wasn't a maniacal laugh, but it set off all the alarms in my head, nevertheless. He also wasn't wearing any shoes, and he looked well-groomed/cleaned.

    I gave him a friendly nod as I passed, and he just kept laughing. Then it stopped. I turned, and he was gone. There was no branch cracking, plants rustling, nothing... He was just gone.

    Still rubs me the wrong way. The area I was in was a pretty rough hike, very secluded. Not very many people venture as deep as I was that day. No idea what was going on there.

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