One of America’s most beautiful vistas–the Grand Canyon–is home to a collection of incredible hiking trails… and a few ghosts…
277 miles long with over two-billion years of geography, the Grand Canyon is one of the most famous natural attractions in the world with approximately five million visitors per year. A popular place for sightseeing, kayaking, helicopter and donkey tours, as well as hiking.
There are over 50 hiking trails through the Grand Canyon, and one of those trails is home to a ghost story… a Wailing Woman to be precise.
Transept Trail runs along the North Rim of the Canyon for about three miles (roundtrip). This three-hour hike is relatively easy with people spending an afternoon along the trail… but it can also be treacherous. Over 700 people have died in the Grand Canyon since the mid-1800s, and two of those victims are said to belong to the Wailing Woman.
According to hikers (and many of them have seen her over the years), the Wailing Woman generally appears at night, wearing a white dress with blue flowers, crying out. According to legend, her husband and son died along the trail in a hiking accident long ago.
Permits are not required for non-commercial day hikes in the Canyon. It’s always wise to base your hike on the slowest person in your group. Many people get stranded in the Canyon overnight, and we’d hate to add a few more ghosts to this trail.
NOTE: As of 4/1/2020, Grand Canyon National Park has closed due to the coronavirus.
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