Need proof of the burgeoning popularity of bicycling and hiking in this country? You can go from one end of the interstate highway system to the other, and all points in between, and not cover as much ground than if you traveled the more than 60,000 miles of the National Trails System. Every state is crisscrossed with trails big and small. Of course, being October and Friday the Thirteenth, we decided to give this post a spooky little twist with the best haunted hiking trails in Southern California.
Mount Rubidoux (Riverside)
Many hikers who have braved this haunted trail have reported seeing and being followed by mysterious apparitions at night. While these tales cannot exactly be verified, the trail is across from another well-known ghostly haunt: the Evergreen Cemetery. Many have reported hearing supernatural sounds and electronic voice phenomena.
Black Star Canyon (Orange County)
This is one of the most famous haunts in Southern California, with rumors about Native American massacres, odd temperature changes, satanic activity, and spirits galore. The area is so infamous that tours and ghost walks are frequently offered for those who dare.
Bayside Trail (San Diego)
While the trail itself is not rumored to be haunted, it does pass near the Old Point Loma Lighthouse, a place commonly believed to be the wandering place of ghostly spirits. Guests have heard eerie noises, presumed to be that of the last lighthouse keeper.
Whether you are a serious hiker, or just looking for a spooky thrill, these trails are sure to get your blood flowing. Not into hiking? Check out these other haunts in Southern California.