The 11 Most Haunted Hiking Trails in and Around Los Angeles

Beyond the sun-kissed hills, palm trees, and perfect weather, there’s another, more sinister side to Los Angeles. Dark energies have manifested themselves out there among the hiking trails, public parks, and relics of old Hollywood, and the disgruntled spirits of failed actors, murdered ranchers, and titillated teenagers are crying out to us from the other side.

The frightening tales of the paranormal you are about to read might seem like urban legends, but they have been verified by reliable witnesses like stoners, superstitious gardeners, and professional pet psychics.

So grab your EMF detectors and your EVP recorders: here are the 11 most haunted hikes in LA.


In 1932, actor Peggy Entwistle jumped to her death from the letter “H” of the Hollywood sign. She was just 24 at the time. After a number of stage roles, including several Broadway productions, Entwistle had landed a bit part in George Archainbaud’s psychological thriller Thirteen Women.

Suffering from mental anguish, the young actor apparently considered her life a failure at this point. She wrote in her suicide note, “I am afraid, I am a coward. I am sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain. P.E.” In a bizarre coincidence, the day that she died, a letter arrived at her home offering her the lead role in a play about a woman who commits suicide. While Peggy’s ghost is said to haunt the sign, her legend certainly haunts the culture—in later years she would become a kind of patron saint of broken Hollywood dreams.

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