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13 Times Human Remains Were Found By Hikers

Updated June 14, 2019 29.4k views13 items

It seems like one of the most permanent fixtures of local news are stories about hikers finding mutilated bodies, or even entire skeletons while out in the woods. Even though stories of skulls found in the grass, mere feet away from a trail, are a dime a dozen, a typical hiker probably hasn't come across any human remains. Those hikers who found dead bodies, and made their way onto this list, didn’t just come across a femur; some of the bodies that they found were one fire, while others were still clinging to their last moments, trying to escape the cruel hand of death. Take a look at these stories of human remains found by hikers and remember to bring a camera with you the next time you go on a hike.

Obviously it’s terrible that anyone has to die, but an oddly large amount of people seem to do it in national parks or near historical monuments. Judging from the places on this list of hikers who found body parts you’d think that hiking trails are basically an above ground cemetery. If there’s a takeaway here, it’s to always carry a well-charged cell phone if you’re going hiking, and make sure your friends know where you are.
  • Hikers Find Human Skull in Griffith Park

    Photo: Eli Duke / Flickr
    Griffith Park is one of the most picturesque spots in Los Angeles, but the lovely trails turned dark in 2016 when hikers found a human skull in Bronson Canyon, a shaded spot that some hikers say would be perfect for someone trying to commit murder.
  • Skeletons Found in Plane at Crater Lake

    Photo: Zainubrazvi / Wikimedia Commons
    Crater Lake has been the site of myriad mysteries through the years, but one of the strangest happenings was when a hiker came across a small crashed airplane still holding its three passengers and a note that read “Lose not thine airspeed, lest the ground rise up and smite thee.”
  • Body Found in the Ural Mountains

    Photo: Борис Болелов / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    The Ural Mountains are the site of one of the strangest series of deaths in history. In 1959, nine hikers mysteriously died, and became the catalyst for a thousand conspiracy theories. The Ural mountains continue to draw people to the spot and continue to take their lives. In 2016, hikers found a man's body in a tent, and then the hikers went missing.
  • Body of Mother of Five Found Outside Provo

    Photo: Stefan Jürgensen / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    Nicole Harris, a mother of five, was missing for almost six months when a group of hikers found her decomposing body in a thicket of scrub oak in the neighborhood of Chapel View Circle - a residential area. No foul play was suspected, but that almost makes the discovery even more mysterious.