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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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"Spell-binding" Newsday

"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

"Andrea Lankford raises the hair on your neck in this book of spooky spots and ghostly grottoes."  —National Geographic Traveler


"Lifts up Smokey the Bear's hat and introduces us to the bats in his belfry."  —Deanne Stillman, author, Twentynine Palms


"The X-Files meets National Geographic. It's the ideal book for anyone who believes that 'the truth' is out there.'"  —Tom DeSanto, producer and writer, X-Men


"I'll never look at the Grand Canyon the same way again. From now on, I'm sleeping with the lights on!"  —Chuck Sypher, Grand Canyon park ranger

About the Author

Andrea Lankford, a former National Park Service ranger, has performed firefighting, law enforcement, and life-saving wilderness medicine in Cape Hatteras, Zion, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon. As a ranger, she won several awards for her work as a criminal investigator, and she implemented the "Heat Kills. Hike Smart" public education program credited with preventing heat-related deaths at the Grand Canyon-a program that continues to save lives today. Her masochistic adventures include thru-hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, kayaking from Miami to Key West, cycling from Fairbanks to the Arctic Ocean, and being the first to mountain bike the 800-mile Arizona Trail. Andrea currently lives in Northern California. She is the author of four books, including Haunted Hikes: Spine-Tingling Tales and Trails from North America's National Parks, which was featured in USA Today, chosen by People as a 2006 Travel Pick, and described by Newsday as "spell-binding." Her articles have appeared in USA TodayArizona Highways, and Backpacker. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595800093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595800091
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been waiting a long time for this book to come out. As soon as it was released I bought it right away.

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!
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When you read Ms. Lankford's book, be prepared to get goosebumps or the chills, have the hair on your neck stand up, face one of your childhood fears or just plain get creeped out. She creeped me out with her very first story. It reminded me of two rules I have about bodies of water. One, if I can't see the bottom then I probably don't belong there and shouldn't go in. And two, if I don't heed my own advice and still go in then it's only to waist deep. No dangling legs for this boy.

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.
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This is a unique book because it combines the utility of a trail guide with the fun and entertainment of a well written history book. The quirky offbeat stories of ghosts, spooky legends, disasters and untimely deaths is followed up with concise directions on how to go out and actually experience the areas where these otherworldly phenomenons occurred.

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.
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Truly enjoyed the book by Lankford! This author knows how to wrap a good story around an awesome trail. It was a quick read and full of little tidbits of knowledge. I never knew there was such a thing as the Pupfish, or murderers on the lamb like William Bishop, Jr. The history behind some of this nations greatest hikes is fascinating. Hats off to Lankford for adding mystery, humor, and a sense of wonder to hiking trails everywhere.
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This isn't your average haunting book. The book is written by a former park ranger. Have you ever been on one of those tours where a park ranger tells you about an area while adding in some local history? That's how this book is written, in that same matter-of-fact style. I've found it to be very enjoyable and have flagged some of the locations and sources for further research/reading.
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I read this book by Andrea Lankford and have to admit it was very entertaining. It gave some of the stranger stories that you are not likely to hear from the tour guides. I like that it balanced the supernatural aspects with murder mysteries and native legends. The stories are engaging and entertaining while also combining practical information about the parks themselves. My big issue is I think the parks of the east are given short thrift. A small complaint but still one I see.

Great fun!
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Not just a book of haunted tales, but a history lesson in some of the most unusual occurences in our most popular wilderness areas. What I like about Andrea Lankford's style of writing is her leaving it to the reader to draw their own conclusions. An informative guide to National Parks we may have never considered visiting before. Awakens curiosities never imagined about many places.
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