Fall is still very much hiking season around here, when the air cools to a less-strenuous temperature and the leaves turn colorful. But there’s another good reason to get out on the trails: It’s Halloween season—Spooktober!—and there are plenty of seasonally appropriate things to see on our trails. The region’s mining history has created many a ghost town, and our rich networks of trails take hikers through a few cemeteries, too.
Just remember to be respectful of the stories behind the abandoned places and any graves you may see along the way; you might even learn some fun new things about Washington State history. (And be careful around abandoned buildings and mineshafts, lest you become a ghost story yourself.)
Want more Spooktober hiking destinations? We suggest turning to the Washington Trails Association, which has its own suggestions for ghost towns and spooky places, and Exploring History in Your Hiking Boots.
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