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Haunted and Spooky Hikes on the Olympic Peninsula

The State of Washington is home to all sorts of scary things. From supposed alien and Bigfoot sightings to over 30 serial killers and unexplained phenomena, the Pacific Northwest is an amazing place to celebrate Halloween. With haunted cabins, abandoned mines and plane crashes, as well as historic, decrepit forts, we give you the 5 spookiest locations and hikes on the Olympic Peninsula




Lake Crescent

In 1937, a woman went missing near Lake Crescent, believed to be murdered. Three years passed with no sign of the woman, until 1940. That year, her body was discovered in the lake, nearly perfectly preserved.  According to the Washington State History Museum, “The case was especially macabre because of the condition of the body. The woman’s face was unrecognizable, but her body had not decomposed. In a bizarre chemical transformation, the flesh had turned into a soap-like substance that could be scooped away like putty.”

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/58VS7

Link: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=8599

Devils Punchbowl, Lake Crescent

Devils Punchbowl, Lake Crescent


Fort Worden

Home to one of the most famous ghost pictures, Fort Worden is spooky year round. This abandoned fort, located near Port Townsend is supposedly the most haunted place in Washington State. With a great beach, a lighthouse and deer, make this your destination.

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/l2NrJ

Link: http://hollowhill.com/fort-worden-man-in-blue



Tubal Cain

While the rumors of haunting in this area are just that, it is easy to see why people think this area is creepy. With an abandoned mine, a plane crash and the remnants of a town that one was in the valley, the Buckhorn Wilderness can be downright scary and the Tubal Cain Mine is a great place to challenge your beliefs.  An added bonus is watching the night sky from here, as no outside light pollutes your view, making this prime to see aliens.

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/SN5tn


Plane Crash above Tubal Cain

Plane Crash above Tubal Cain

Inside the Tubal Cain Mine

Inside the Tubal Cain Mine



Believed to be the most active Sasquatch area in the country, the Wyoochee area is downright spooky. Go here in the late afternoon and stay until dark. Unexplained noises, wood knocks and howls will surround you and, if you are lucky, a Sasquatch Sighting might just occur. Challenge your beliefs and take a hike around Spider Lake at night.

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/qW95d

The Sasquatch filled Wynoochee area

The Sasquatch filled Wynoochee area

The Sasquatch filled Wynoochee area

The Sasquatch filled Wynoochee area


Michael’s Cabin and Humes Ranch

The cabins along the Elwha River are historic, awesome, scenic and possibly haunted. While the stories are more than likely urban legends, this area offers views and experiences like no other. With the spooky named, yet gorgeous “Goblins Gate” setting the tone, the trail through the woods and the cabins make this memorable,  ghost or not.

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/ZRVwS

Michael's Cabin, Elwha. Olympic National Park

Michael’s Cabin, Elwha.
Olympic National Park

Humes Ranch, Elwha. Olympic National Park

Humes Ranch, Elwha.
Olympic National Park

Goblins Gate, Elwha. Olympic National Park

Goblins Gate, Elwha.
Olympic National Park



BONUS LOCATION: Billy’s in Aberdeen.

Eat where The Ghoul of Grays Harbor picked his victims: Billy’s Restaurant in Aberdeen Washington, where William F. Gohl aka The Ghoul of Grays Harbor would look for victims.

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/RbH1h

About the Murderer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Gohl

More information: http://murderpedia.org/male.G/g/gohl-billy.htm

Billy’s Has Ghosts Too!: http://www.dreadcentral.com/story/cold-spots-billys-bar-and-grill#axzz2hY23i1lP

Billy's in Aberdeen. The old Sailor's Union Building

Billy’s in Aberdeen. The old Sailor’s Union Building


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Hike of the Week: 52 Weeks of Hiking on the Olympic Peninsula

15 Family Friendly Hikes on the Olympic Peninsula- Plus 10 Awesome Viewpoints




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