**This post is a contribution from freelance writer Jenny Holt, author of multiple blogs and articles about haunted hikes throughout the US. After reading this post, check out Tales2go's own blog post about spooky audiobooks to get ideas for listening to haunted titles all year long.
Are you looking for a fun new way to get your class interested in local history? You can make your next field trip a spooky success by taking your class to some of California’s most haunted hotspots. Bring the past alive with scary stories and terrifying tales as you take your class along these haunted hiking trails!
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
Griffith Park is rife with spooks, from witches and werewolves, to ghosts on horseback. There’s even a picnic table rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of a young couple. Legend has it that back in the 1860s, a woman called Dona Petronilla placed a curse on the land after her uncle refused to give her the rights to the property. Ever since, the park has been plagued by doom and disaster. Tell your class to be on the lookout for the ghosts of Dona and her uncle, who have both been spotted riding through the night on spectral stallions.
Ghost Mountain, Anza-Borrego
New York is famed for its ghostly tales, but if you’re looking for spooks and spectres, then Anza-Borrego in California is the place to be. Even the name of this otherwise unassuming mountain conjures up images of otherworldly apparitions. The area is said to be haunted by the ghosts of Marshal South and his family, survivalists who built a home on the mountain in the 1930s. The ruins of his cabin still exist at the top of the mountain.
Elfin Forest, Escondido
According to legend, the spirits of this forest in Escondido aren’t quite as friendly as their elven counterparts in the North Pole. It's rumored to be one of the most haunted spots in San Diego County and is said to be home to the White Witch, the ghost of a widow on an eternal search for her lost family. You may even be lucky enough to stumble across ancient stone circles in the forest, but be careful walking through them, as these paranormal monuments are thought to cause ripples in space and time.
Thompson Creek Trail, Claremont
Don’t be surprised if you notice a shadowy figure following you or hear the crackling of branches just to your right on this spooky hike. Thompson Creek Trail is said to be a popular haunt for ghosts and ghouls, with some visitors even reporting bizarre visions such as levitating boulders, invisible walls, and clouds shaping into skulls.
Brand Park, Glendale
Once a bustling family estate, Brand Park is now home to a beautiful manor and a small cemetery. After a series of grave robbings on the property, visitors started to notice strange and unexplainable occurrences going on in the Brand family cemetery. There have been several sightings of the ghost of John Brand himself, the family patriarch, walking up the stairs and whispering to employees and guests alike.
**Thanks, Jenny, for the great post!