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. my best friend hung himself from that bridge! I wonder if that is him? His name is Troy and he had a heart of gold <3 Next time I am in Modesto I am going there…

  2. 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 .

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. I used to jog on this trail everyday after work with my dog. One day we went and my dog was uneasy or nervous it seemed. After some pushing she finally started walking with me but kept stopping and staring off into the trees by the rivers edge. At first I thought it was probably a homeless or tweaker and took out my pocket knife for defense if needed but this kept on the whole way down the trail. THIS IS A LONG BIKE PATH/TRAIL. We started to head back to the car and my dog seemed in a hurry but not distracted it seemed anymore. Anyways about halfway back someone started talking…..at first it was a brink “hey” and escalated quickly to the point of myself and dog SPRINTED the rest of the half mile or so to the car and got the hell out of there. To this day i dont know where the voice was coming from, and I haven’t went back to dry creek running trail since.

  6. If there’s a Native American here, I don’t think he’s evil. I jog here all the time and the only evils here are drunks and crackheads. I’ve had one time where a drunk man chased us with a knife and threatened us, we had to call 911. Another time, a weirdo was hiding behind a bush jacking off while we jogged past him.

  7. Me and my friend went there and there was this bike ramp area we were using and all of a sudden someone in a white tank top (not dirty) appears right next to us. we didn’t see him until I pointed it out to one of my friends. I said hi and he didn’t say anything the just stared at nothing and we rubbed it off and just kept using the ramps for a few minutes and left and he was still there….didnt move at all. A few years later (last year around October) we went back at night to see if we would see anything but we just got really wet cause it was raining and a tree almost fell on us.

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