More than 600 scared, frightened and terrified hikers dared to venture forth on the first-ever Fright Hike Halloween night Thursday.
The hike was sponsored by the Estherville Area Chamber of Commerce with part of the proceeds going to the Friends of Fort Defiance which built the Whitetail Ridge Interpretive Trail through a grant from the Emmet County Community Foundation. The trail is a low-gradient path of a half mile, including both ways on the trail entrance, and is located between the former ranger's cabin and the west parking lot.
"It went really well," said chamber executive director Lexie Hash. "Our hope is to make it bigger and better next year."
Photos courtesy of John Wittneben
The trail started admitting visitors at 7.
"We were still scaring some people at quarter to 10," said Hash.