My girlfriend and I really enjoy the Halloween season, and I enjoy exploring. Over the past few years we’ve visited a handful of spooky locations within a two hour drive of Seattle.
Wanted to share these here this year, especially with the lack of other activities due to COVID-19.
Hope this gives some of you a fun Fall outing this Halloween season.
Melmont Ghost Town
Nice little short hike. Starts at the Fiarfax Bridge, which is a neat sight on it’s own. There’s a few abandoned cars, and remains of older structures. Don’t expect full buildings.
Franklin Ghost Town
Did a video trip report last year which can be found here: Franklin Ghost Town YouTube
The closest ghost town to Seattle I’ve found. Unlike Melmont, there’s less structural remains, but there are several old abandoned graveyards which are very cool. Last time I was there they had a $10 parking fee.Abandoned Snoqualmie
Was here last weekend and did a trip report: Biking the abandoned Snoqualmie Tunnel
By far my favorite spooky spot near Seattle. Not for the faint of heart, especially if you’re claustrophobic. This is a two mile long tunnel with NO LIGHTS, bring a flashlight. Walking will take about 45 minutes. Consider what it will be like spending 45 minutes in a wet, dark, and empty tunnel under a mountain, before attempting this.
This spot is great because there’s multiple options for getting here. If you just want to walk the tunnel you can park right next to the entrance at the Hyak Sno-Park parking lot. If you’re looking for more of a challenge you can bike across several amazing abandoned train bridges, and enjoy all the sights of the Iron Horse Trail.
Site of the Wellington Avalanche – Deadliest in US History
In 1910 an avalanche killed nearly 100 people trapped in a train depot in Wellington. There is now a hiking trail through the remains of Wellington. Several historical markers along the path, and remains of the former train route.