Haunted
Seven best trails in California to see spooks
Would you like to get away from the cities  1and the tourist-filled hotspots of California? Luckily, there’s a lot more to this state than Hollywood, the Bay Area, and Yosemite. There are also a wide range of hiking and camping options.

Many of these trails offer you variety you will not find elsewhere, both in terms of landscapes and vistas, but also because you can choose to walk, to camp, to run, to bike, and sometimes to drive too. However, be warned, some of these trails are known to be haunted.

Yes, that's right, we said haunted. If you're looking for something a little extra-special -- or shall we say unique -- these haunted trails will scare up some fun not just on Halloween, but just about any other time of the year as well.

Here are seven of the best haunted hiking trails in California:

Wildflower Trail, Clovis: A great spring or late winter hike, these rolling hills are idyllic and if you time it right, you could see almond trees, peach trees, and flowers blossom at the same time. However, you could also see a robed figure who haunts the trail.

Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, Riverside: Known for snakes and coyotes, this trail keeps you alert, but is biker friendly and offers many trails to choose from. It is said to be haunted by a person who speaks English backwards.

American River Bike Trail, Sacramento: Walkers, bikers, and runners as well as the occasional skater are known to use this trail along the river to escape the city for a while and cool off in the water if you like.

Ho Chi Minh Trail, San Diego: This challenging trail is named after a famous one in Vietnam. This trail is slippery and difficult, but also said to be haunted by three surfers caught in a swell nearby.

Feather Falls Trail, Oroville: Featuring two loops, one long and one short, this trail takes you up and it takes you down with beautiful views and the odd challenge, and the odd thousand ladybugs and salamanders for company.

Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, Monterey: Take your camera for this one, there is a lot to see even if you have done the trail a hundred times.

Truesdale Access Trail, Eureka: One of the newest trails, this one is younger than the century we are in. It features long stretches of nature and pathways, is a fantastic dog walking trail, but some locals do say you will hear ghosts talking, but will never see them.

Remember, the wild areas of California are not necessarily hospitable. Some areas can be extremely hot and dry during the day and freezing cold at night. The higher areas are prone to snow in winter, and rain, when it does happen, can cause landslides. There are also a number of dangerous animals from bears to poisonous snakes to consider.

That being said, if you take the right precautions it is more than possible to enjoy a safe hiking trip along any of these trails and others throughout the great state of California -- even if you do hear a few noises along the way.

For more information, please visit backpackerverse.com/best-hiking-trails-in-california/.
PHOTOS: Wildflower Trail near Clovis, California
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