Montana October 07, 2016
Take These 5 Haunted Hiking Trails In Montana If You Dare
Every October, we embrace all things spooky and scary to get ready for Halloween. You’ve heard of Montana’s haunted mansions and haunted ghost towns, but haunted hiking trails? Rumor has it that we’ve got a few of those, too. Lace up your boots and take one of these paths to see for yourself. Even if you don’t have a paranormal experience, you’ll get some great exercise.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. The Frenchwoman’s Road, MacDonald Pass
This road was once managed by a Frenchman named Constant Guyot, who was apparently abusive when he drank. On one sad August day in 1868, passive travelers discovered his wife, Madame Guyot, in a pool of blood and nearly decapitated from a bullet to her skull. Constant was a suspect, of course, but the case was never solved.
Madame Guyot is said to haunt the area. Numerous other strange experiences have been reported, but none are as spooky as the story of the mystery hitchhiker. A driver once stopped near a white highway cross for a cigarette, and when he returned to his car he found a young woman in the backseat asking him for a ride to Helena. He agreed, but on the way there, the woman vanished. The cross apparently marked the site of a car accident that killed two teenage girls on their way to a dance in Helena.
2. Bear Canyon Road, Bozeman
If you’re hiking near Bear Canyon Road, all you should have to worry about are bears in the woods or perhaps the occasional snake. But there have been several reports of a little girl appearing to female hikers and trying to lure them into the woods, only to disappear when she isn’t successful. Yikes.
3. The Oti Park Trailhead, Barker, south of Monarch
Barker and Hughesville are two mining ghost towns in the Little Belt Mountains. To reach the Oti Park Trailhead, take Highway 89 to Monarch. Turn east on Hughesville Road and drive 10 miles to the intersection with Grey Creek Road. Follow Grey Creek Road to Oti Park Road until you find the trailhead.
Eventually you’ll come to the ghost town of Barker and the Barker Cemetery, which is rumored to be haunted by several ghosts. Pay attention the entire time you’re on the trail, though—hikers have spotted apparitions of long dead miners, and sometimes they hear the sound of men riding horses that aren’t there.
4. The Old North Trail, Rocky Mountain Front
The Old North Trail runs north to south along the Rocky Mountains in Central Montana. It has been used by Native Americans for centuries, and even though much of it has been destroyed by towns and roads, you can still walking along the old worn trail.
When you’re hiking, you might notice some ancient stone cairns. Humans once assembled in this area about 2,000 years ago. While no apparitions have been spotted here, people have admitted to hearing strange noises, getting goosebumps and getting an eerie feeling. Is it their imagination, or are there spirits here? You’ll have to take the hike to find out.
5. Warren Park Trail, Garnet Ghost Town
Located near Missoula, Garnet Ghost Town is our state’s best preserved abandoned village. It’s fascinating to visit… and it’s definitely rumored to be haunted. The Warren Park Trail is named after Edward Brook Warren, a Civil War veteran who built a cabin a mile from Garnet. He lived alone and worked in an underground mine nearby. He also built a park so people would visit him.
The trail leaves from the Garnet Ghost Town parking lot, crosses a bridge, goes past his old house and winds its way through the peaceful mountains. Stop for a picnic like so many did hundreds of years ago, and keep an eye out from any friendly spirits who decide to join you… maybe even Edward himself.
These haunted hiking trails in Montana will definitely get you into the Halloween spirit. You could also visit
Montana’s spookiest ghost town.