“Ok, now you are getting stupid,” you say! Well, maybe, but hear me out. This happened about a year ago when I was climbing Mt Dickerman in the North Cascades. Dickerman is a tough hike gaining about 3800 feet in 4.5 miles. It also has some of the best scenery anywhere (See Picture).
This particular hike was no different than others I have taken. I parked my car, put my forest pass in the window, packed my bag, and headed up the trail.
One think you need to know is that I hike in the dark. I of course use a headlamp. Typically I am in the dark for an hour and a half to two hours before sunrise.
When you are in the dark your hearing improves. At least that is my experience. However, I can still see with the lamp so it is not like I am blind. In any event I do have a tendency to listen more intently.
Typical Sounds In the Forest
Have you heard a pheasant? It is one thing to see one fly out of its hiding place and you shot it for dinner, but have you ever heard the sound it makes. It is very eery. Kind of a moan.
Then there is the chattering Squirrels. They make a lot of noise when they want to. It is all expected in the woods.
Because I do a lot of hiking I have heard lots of sounds. On this particular morning I heard the most blood curdling scream, but it wasn’t like someone screaming. It was more like a screeching sound combned with a snarl. I stopped when I heard it. Stopped dead in my tracks. I had never heard anything like it. It didn’t do it just once. It made the sound several times before going quiet. So what was it. A Sasquatch? Maybe. Who knows.
The rest of that hike I was on edge. You might just hear something like that yourself someday, but don’t let it stop you. Go hiking!