Dry Creek Running Trail

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The apparition of a Native American man has been seen near the creek, believed to be watching over the joggers who run here or protecting his sacred land. Some say another spirit resides here as well, a young man who haunts the bridge on Clause Road. He allegedly jumped from the bridge and died. Joggers in the early morning or late night have reported a scream along with a splash.

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Claus Rd. & Gomes Rd.
Modesto, CA
United States

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37.65687496069069, -120.92088174818855
Stanislaus County, California
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West Modesto, CA (7.0 mi.)

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  1. Me and my friends ride around over there just to cruise an there is witches there as your going down the trails you will see about 15 cats just all together once you see those that’s where the witches are trust me it’s scary .

      • I know for a fact (seen with my own two eyes) that people take bags of cat food to the ledge by the river in the park and leaves it for stray cats. That’s why there are so many cats there.

  2. There’s also a shadow person that likes to peak out from behind trees down there. I’ve also met about 5 other people that witnessed the same thing, apparently its not isolated to one area; one person saw it walking by the McClure golf course, another by the bridge by the savemart on oakdale road, and I’ve seen it in multiple places. Could be the Indian everybody talks about not sure

  3. I was jogging the trail 10 to 15 years ago. I was close to the s turn just east of the drinking fountain when I saw the Indian ghost. As I approached, I remember thinking this guy looks like an Indian, and as I got closer I remember thinking this guy is the real deal. (an indian) I don’t remember a lot of details except he was walking and looked like and American indian with a top hat and I think a feather in it. I didn’t think a thing of it for years until I got an email from a friend regarding ghosts in Modesto that included the dry creek indian. When I put 2 and 2 together, for some reason I remembered the fact that the indian had this mystical aura about him as if he was covered with a subtle fog about 6 inches thick. I access the trail regularly and haven’t since seen him.

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