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Haunted Hikes: Spine-Tingling Tales and Trails from North America's National Parks Paperback – April 1, 2006
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"The ultimate guide to spooky hikes and blood-curdling trails." Backpacker
"This park ranger digs up a wealth of spooky lore about National Parks...particularly rewarding for history lovers." People Magazine Travel Pick 2006
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I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is absolutely fascinating!!!
This book includes: Ghosts, mysteries, Bigfoot, the unexplained, the hangman's noose in an old cabin at Skidoo Ghost Town (California), Haunted Old Faithfull Inn (Yellowstone), the haunted Stanley Hotel (in Estes Park- right outside of Rocky Mountain National Park), Mt. Rainier, Grand Canyon Lodge, Mesa Verde NP in Colorado, Crater Lake (Oregon), Smoky Mountains, Oregon Caves Chalet ghost, Channel Islands, Everglades, Cape Hatteras, missing persons, mysterious deaths, murders, curses, and much more!
This book was extremely well-researched. The author (a former national park ranger)- has so much knowledge and is an expert in her field.
A really neat addition is the "fright factor" skeleton icons next to each haunted hike around these bizarre, mysterious and haunted locations:
4 icons = "Gave me nightmares, and I'd rather not discuss them."
3 icons = "I get chills just thinking about it."
2 icons = "Very disturbing, but clowns are scarier."
1 icon = "Makes 7-year-olds giggle."
I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Once you open it up and start reading --- you won't be able to put it down!
With her exhaustive research and brash writing style, there is something enjoyable for everyone in this book. Even if you never plan to go to one of these park areas and walk the trails, it's still good to give yourself a good scare every now and again. And with tales of ghosts, grisly murders, strange creatures and unexplained phenomena, it's almost guranteed that something in her book will provide that good scare. If you're a fan of The X-Files or The Night Stalker or if you love a good short story by Ambrose Bierce, you'll enjoy this book.
Ms. Lankford, with her tales of the afterlife and death, has brought more life to these park areas and trails than any stodgy, NPS lifer could ever dream of doing.
The writer has spiced this book with her acerbic wit and keen insights into being a park ranger (which she was for many years). She has portrayed the rangers and park service in a realistic light, instead of the hagiographic view of selfless sainthood so often seen in other books dealing with the NPS. They are real people working in a large and impersonal bureaucracy. The story dealing with the last Miwok Indian to leave Yosemite due to government regulations and the resulting castrophe was a real scream to read.
This is a great trail guide that covers a lot of interesting historical material that you won't find anywhere else. It kept me, the reader, intrigued and excited about going out to see many of these places for myself. I can't wait to visit to Yosemite later this summer so I can go explore some of the places I read about in this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was purchased a a gift as my park lover friend already had Ranger Confidential...she was so happy!Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, entertaining and intriguing! I hope there is a follow up with other parks from other states added in!Published 1 month ago by M.Hobin
I love the way the chapters are organized by regions. There are a lot of disappearances going on in national parks that isn't publicized. And no explanation. Read morePublished 4 months ago by N. Johnson
I gave this as a gift, and my friend, who works in the National Park service, loved it!Published 4 months ago by Silverfoxdlc
This book was enjoyable to read.
I enjoy the way Andrea has it laid out.
I visit national and state parks often so this book is good for reading around the campfire. It'll keep you awake wondering if curse places do exist.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good read...thoroughly enjoyed this one. Very well written. A must read. A+++++Published 12 months ago by Greg E. Sedbrook
very entertaining and interesting reading! Makes me want to go to all of the sites and visit them.Published 12 months ago by Bill Cotton