Top 13 Spookiest Western Slope Trails of Halloween

By Reaha Goyetche 12 months agoNo Comments

13. Dark Canyon. It’s a canyon. It’s dark. Boo.



12. Lost Lake. The Forest Service and some Western Slope Conservation Center volunteers rebuilt a bridge and did trail maintenance up there this summer, so you won’t get lost at Lost Lake.

Try to guess if this picture is from Texas Chainsaw Massacre or the volunteer day this summer.


11. Deadman’s Gulch. You’ll find this one out by Crested Butte. I don’t have a picture for this one, so send us one if you go . . . if you make it back alive . . .


10. Lightning Ridge. Lightning isn’t a laughing matter, so no jokes here. Just a link about lightning safety from the Forest Service.

With great views comes great responsibility. And lightning risk.


9. Deadhorse Trail.  Stay on your hooves and watch out for the ghosts of horses who’ve fallen in the Black Canyon.

Photo credit to


8. Devil’s Overlook. Last time I was there, I overheard a couple of German tourists yammering away in Deutsch, and then switch to English to say, “Scheisse, man! That is really steep.” Fear knows no language.

According to my infallible source, Wikipedia, the Utes avoided the Black Canyon out of superstition and called it “much rocks, big water.”


7. Goblin Valley. Maybe not on the Western Slope, but one of our volunteers sent us this picture. It looks like Mars and is named after those creepy Gringotts bankers from Harry Potter.

Photo credit to Jim Matusoff.


6. Needle Rock. This one made the list because it’s deceptively easy to get scraped up on this trail. After hiking this trail, our friend Mary reminded me of the #1 rule of adventuring: “Scars or it didn’t happen.”

Needle Rock is a lacolith (ask geologist and board member Dr. Noe what that means!)


5. Devil’s Thumb. Of all of the Devil’s body parts, the thumb is definitely the spookiest.

Time travel back to August and visit Devil’s Thumb with Dr. Noe!


4. Ridge of Doom. Our local mountain biker friends don’t want Jumbo to get too crowded, so they give the trails ominous names like this.

Photo credit to Ross Deardorff’s GoPro.


3. Desolation Ridge. Seriously, how is Jumbo becoming such a popular bike destination with names like this?!

Photo credit to Ross Deardorff’s GoPro #2.


2. Terror Trail. This time of year, the biggest terror is trying to navigate through the cows on your way to the trailhead. Daisy the Cow don’t give no cow patties that you have 4WD. Moo.


Here’s a picture of a bovine who’s grumpy for a different reason.


1. Oh-Be-Joyful Pass. More like Oh-Be-Suspicious. Why was this given such a pleasant name? What are they trying to hide? Who is this joyful? I smell a conspiracy.

Those aspens are hiding something.

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