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Their exact origins are unknown. According to legend, the Chumash Indians were among the first to witness their presence and supposedly carried them in their legends and drew them on cave walls (all of which is up for debate). However, in 1937, John Steinbeck described them in his short story "Flight" and poet Robinson Jeffers mentioned the Dark Watchers in his poem "Such Counsels You Gave to Me". It's uncertain if either had a personal encounter with the phantom shadows or only heard about the tale. Their legend has been circulating for years but what are they?
These spirits are described as being large in size, but human in shape. Some have reported seeing them in robes and hats and as their name suggest, they are pitch-black in color. Some believe they are only a form of shadow people, but don't worry if you happen to see them. The Dark Watchers are not known to be violent in nature.
Witnesses often see them in groups on the mountains and often appear at dusk. They are observed doing as their title suggest, watch. They watch you or stare off in the distance. If you get too close or call out to them, the phantoms disappear. So, if you're hiking on the Santa Lucia Mountains, be on the lookout. You may go home with a ghost story.
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