Sierra Tahoe Bigfoot Research

This site is dedicated to the research of bigfoot, and it's habitat, in the Tahoe and outlying Sierra region of Nevada and California. We listen to witnesses who want to talk about their experiences, and keep them confidential unless otherwise requested. Our mission is to learn as much as we can about the possible existence of the sasquatch, in the hope that we can all gather a better knowledge of the species, then ultimately, we as a race understand that it's habitat, and way of life, must be protected.


Friday, September 12, 2014

BIGFOOT: Group Trip Into the Sierras

Our last trip up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains was uneventful, but I did try and take more pictures than I normally do.

We had some unusual occurrences the second night, and then our trip was cut short by lightning storms on the third day. Being that we had a child with us, we wanted to play it safe and get out of danger from the lightning and the danger of forest fires. Where we were camped, there is only one way in and one way out, so we didn't want to get trapped.

Click on the link below to see a slide show, with captions from our 3 days out. Click on the first picture of the guys to get started. Click on the right side of the pic to advance to the next picture, or hit your right arrow key.

LINK TO PHOTO ALBUM of Sasquatch Research trip July 28-30, 2014.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

BIGFOOT: More Prints From The Lake Tahoe Area and Surrounding Sierras

Sorry to have neglected posting anything in the past couple months. We haven't had a chance to get out of town often enough, and when we did, our trips were rather uneventful. I will however catch you all up on some of the more interesting things that I haven't posted yet.

This is a print from a trackway we found near the area where C had his sighting (see)Christmas Weekend, about 3 weeks after his sighting. You can compare the size of it with my size 11.5 boot print below it. Click on Image to Enlarge. Note that the melt adds about 3 inches to it, as it was sloped downhill to the southeast so the rising sun would hit that back of that heel, and melt it away, elongating the heel. You can pretty easily see where the original heel impression came down.

This is a pic of the trackway itself. That's my buddy on the right. If you click on the pic to enlarge it, you can see that I marked the stride in the long yellow lines. A human gait usually does not straddle a line like that... a squatch's gait does. The insteps line up perfectly. The back heel's are marked in blue. Stride length was 5 to 6 feet. The trackway came up a steep rocky slope, through manzanita, from the top left of the pic. Not a place a human could have traversed, especially in those conditions. On the left side of the trackway, there were some human boot prints that were fresher, along with a rabbit hopping through the snow, and some canine prints.

This is a print found in a patch of snow, outside a cabin located just a couple miles from the south shore on Lake Tahoe. back in Feb. Click on Photo to Enlarge. The lady and her husband found it and sent it to me for my opinion. It was unusually warm at times this winter in the Tahoe area, nor did we receive a lot of snow. This was a lone print in one of the remaining patches of snow in their yard. Definite toe line, with decent toe impressions. She said it was on a slope and you can see where the outside of the foot, and heel slipped down and made a secondary impression of the outer edge of the foot. Looks to be 16 to 17 inches. It was a warm day and that print had been in direct sunlight at one point in the day, and also some light rain. Not a lot of fallen pine debris in the print, so I'm thinking it was made the night or two before. She hadn't noticed it the day before. Before finding the print, they also heard some loud crashing in the trees down the road from their house, which freaked them out a bit, since there were no other neighbors around. Then they came upon the track. The couple's grandson actually saw it first, pointed and said, "Bigfoot!"

My tent under the full moon. May 13, 2014. Tahoe National Forest

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BIGFOOT: Possible Sasquatch Track-way Near Genoa, NV

This is long overdue. I have finally gotten around to getting this excellent report posted of a possible sasquatch track-way found in Genoa, Nevada. I want to thank J., and also apologize to him for taking so long to get this on here. I had him write his own description, since he has tracking experience, which he elaborates on, below. There are 15 different photos that were taken of the tracks he found. Please bare in mind that he returned a week later, to take the photos of the tracks, as he didn't have a camera with him when he first came upon them.

As I usually do, I have XXXX out the location details, as I want to keep the masses from trying to locate the area which is just behind his house. Please appreciate that I do this for J's family's privacy, as well as the squatch's.

Hi Chuck.

Attached are the photos in sequence. You have my permission to use them on your "Sierra Tahoe Bigfoot" site. I did add a copyright to each photo, but I tried to position it so that it would not interfere with the visual. If you intend to use these anywhere else, please ask me first.

Here are some more details...

The day that I came across the tracks was September 22nd, 2013. It had rained the night before, so the ground was pliable. I recently had moved into Genoa and had never before been on this trail. My jog started by going up the XXXX XXXX until I found the XXXX Trail. That took me toward Genoa XXXX. There are two streams in that area. Shortly after where the trail crossed the second stream, the trail split. It saw a high and low trail that would come back together a few hundred yards away. I took the high road.
Step Two (Click on photos to enlarge)
Step Two with comparison

The first track I saw was "Step Two," and I immediately was shocked. I am a certified tracker, former President of a Search and Rescue Organization in a CA county, and avid hunter. I knew that no recorded animal could make that track. I double checked to see if a bear track had doubled to make the mark on the ground. That was not the case. What I did see startled me even more. I could actually make out the impression left by the individual toes. I have taken several bear in my life, and they do not leave track like that!

The print was sunk so far into the decomposed granite soil that it would be hard to even fake such a thing. It really would take something over 600 pounds to compress the ground like that. As you could see, my 210 pounds did nothing to the ground! I knew these tracks were also very fresh because the soil was cracked showing moist points underneath since it had rained the day before. Whatever left those tracks was very near by.

Now this was my first time on this trail, and I had no idea exactly where it would pop out in town. I also wasn't sure how long it would take me to get the heck out of the woods before dark. I hoped that the trail wouldn't zig zag down the mountain because I would likely run into the maker of the tracks. But before running away, I took the time to look at the rest of the track way.

Photo 1. Sliding off the hill

I looked at tracks(steps)2-6 (see below) and realized that the creature had stutter stepped behind the pine tress in the picture and then turned down hill. This made me want to see where the tracks came from, and it appears that it had come from further up the mountain, slid of the embankment to the trail (See photo 1,) stutter stepped to catch it's balance behind the trees (See photos 2-13 below,) and then turned to continue down the mountain (to the right of the trees in photo 13.)

(Click on photos to enlarge)
Photo 2. Step ONE
Photo 3. Step TWO
Photo 5. Step THREE
Photo 6. Step THREE size comparision
Photo 7. Step THREE with foreign rock removed
Photo 8. Step FOUR
Photo 9. Step FOUR size comparison
Photo 10. Step FIVE
Photo 11. Step SIX
Photo 12. Step SIX comparison
Photo 13. The Trackway

Further down the mountain I cut the tracks again. (See photo 14) I took a picture of the slide print on the trail as well as the approach from above the trail. (See photo 15) It looks to me like the critter uses his heel a lot when trail blazing down a mountain. I hoped that this would be the last crossing I would make as it was after 7:00PM and really getting dark in the woods. I would not be so lucky.

Photo 14 (Click on photos to enlarge)
Photo 15. Tracks coming down Hill to second crossing

I was really running hard to get out before dark. By the time I got to the bottom where the trail had merged with the Genoa XXXX, it was very hard to see anything beyond the trail. Right before the trail crossed the creek, I smelt it. It smelt like I just stepped in dog crap. Most other reports indicate that Sasquatch smells like a rotten skunk, but this smelled like freshly laid dog feces, and I couldn't help but think of the ladies that saw bigfoot up Sierra Canyon a couple decades ago. They saw it and said that it stunk like that. Since I was unarmed, I did not try to stop and investigate. In fact, I ran a little harder!

The Monday after seeing the tracks, I mentioned something to the guys at work. They suggested that I go up and take pictures. I would have, but I was very busy with work and had to fly out on a business meeting with a new client in the middle of the week. When I came back, the guys still prodded me to go back and get the photos. So on Sunday September 29th (Candy Dance weekend,) I went back and took the photos you see here. Even a week old, it is amazing how clear the tracks were. I doubt anyone had even been there that week since the trail gets very little use. A rock had fallen into one track that was obvious foreign, so I took the photo with and without the rock in place.

One other thing to note... There were plenty of fresh deer tracks in XXXX, but there was absolutely none in Genoa Canyon. While bigfoot likely follows the deer herd, the deer are probably smart enough to keep their distance. Perhaps this is why so many deer hang out in the town of Genoa instead of the hills.

I have run this route several times since this experience. On one occasion I did see a track in the snow that could have been from a squatch, but it could have likely been from something else. Since there were so many other tracks over the track way and I only had one interesting track, I decided to skip recording it.

Again, I'd like to thank J. for his time and effort in sharing his report with us.

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

BIGFOOT: Christmas Weekend 2013 Sasquatch Sighting, South of Minden, Nevada in Alpine County, California

I received a great sighting report that occurred on December 28, 2013, about 35 miles south of Minden, Nevada, in Alpine County, California.

The report came from a gentleman that sent me a report back in April, 2013. CLICK HERE to read. He mentioned that he’d keep in touch if he went back out again. He returned to his area of interest, and had a sighting, the weekend after this past Christmas. Here is his report that he wrote just as he returned home from his sighting:

“Hi Chuck, went back to the area that I'd found the tracks from last April. As you know there hasn't been much snow and was able to get back there as it would normally be closed due to snow. Any ways I parked and started going up the mountainside towards the creek when I heard something large walking through the brush on the other side of the creek that goes up a different mountain side. I quickly turned around and went back to my vehicle and got out of there and headed back down the road about a half mile or so and parked where XXXX Creek is and went hiking around there. Once I got across the half frozen creek, I scanned the ridge top that divided me from where I had heard something walking.
Click on pictures to enlarge

I quickly saw a very large creature standing on top of a rock that was on the ridge top. He was just standing there looking down at the valley below where I was and soaking in the sun as it was starting to set as it was about 3:20 PM. I could see the sun shining on his hair which was brownish grey. He must of been about 8 feet or taller and about 600 to 800 pounds. I watched him for about 6 minutes and then it went to the other side of the ridge that the sun was shining on. It was also on the side of the mountain where I heard the noise. It must of ran quite quickly up to the ridge to watch me drive away to the new spot. I was pretty excited just being able to observed him through the binoculars I forgot about the camera. About ten minutes later after not seeing him I took a photo of the rock he was on which is just left of the tree. If you look at the far rock outcropping to the right of the tree, the bigfoot was almost as big as that. I didn't see any breasts and assumed it was a male. This is probably the same bigfoot that made those tracks from last April and lives in this particular area year round. Nobody was in the area the whole time I was there which I stayed till 4:30 when it was starting to get dark.”
This is my rendering of the sasquatch standing on the ridge that the witness saw through his binoculars

We agreed that I’d keep the location confidential so that is the reason for some of the location details being X’d out. I wrote him back with a few questions:

“That is AWESOME! CONGRATS! So has it sunk in at all on what you saw today? Your email was kinda matter of fact, but I think, emotionally you must be pretty amped up. So you were looking at it through your binos? Did you see it pretty clearly? Make out the face at all? Do you mind if I post your sighting to the website?”

He replied:

“It was spooky as nobody was there in that area as it was getting darker. I could’ve drove back to the original area where I first was but wasn't going to do that being by myself. It's spooky enough on a bright summer day in that area. I couldn't get a good clear look at his face but could see the shine on the hair due do to the setting sun. I could easily see the bulk and height as he stood out on the rock like a sore thumb. That rock was a great look out point as you could see quite of bit around the area. Like to mention that summer I went up above to the right of that arch and sat for hours scanning the mountains especially the ridge tops. The area I'd scanned the most was that particular ridge as there was what appeared to be a large opening in the side of the mountain just up and below where that bigfoot went over on the other side. It's interesting to note that is the same direction that the tracks were leading too. (Referring to his April 2013 report) In the photo of the arch on your website where it shows me inside the arch looking back down to where I found the tracks, you can see the mountain across the stream where it would lead back up to that ridge top where I saw the bigfoot go down the other side.
Side of the ridge that the subject approached from and went back down

I saw the bigfoot as I stood looking directly across the creek from the XXXX at XXXX_XXXX. Yes I was excited but I kept calm as I enjoyed a rare view of a creature that seem to be very relaxed in it's home environment even though it was cold out. I don't think I would want to be up close and face to face with this bigfoot, only from a distance. Plus the fact I now have a special respect for bigfoot now after observing him, don't want to bother him or her getting too closely if I can help it.”

I know there will be those of you who will comment on why he didn't take a picture of it. Think of being in that situation. You're alone, near dusk, and in essence, you're searching for the boogeyman. Then you see it. Unless you are in that situation, you will never know how you will react. I had a similar experience. I've described it before, but will do so again.

My first overnight trip squatching in 2010, we heard vocalizations moving down from the upper elevations, moving down a valley toward us. We were camped out on one side of a meadow, nestled in a valley with a seasonal stream flowing through it. We heard two distinct individuals, on each side of the valley, grunting, howling and/or whooping as they got closer. Reminded me of monkeys. It sounded as if they we're signalling each other every minute or two, to let the other know where they were. As the vocalizations reached a distance that I thought they would be visible at the game trail across the meadow from us, I grabbed my camera and waited. Camera gripped tightly in my right hand.

Across the meadow, I see a small fir tree, about 10 feet tall, start shaking, then I see some dark brown fir. I quietly tried to get my buddy's attention. The tree was still shaking violently, and more fur visible, and whatever it was seemed rather large. I was transfixed this whole time. I was barely able to talk.

"Hey! Hey! It's a....It's a...." I was stuttering because I was thinking I was about to see a sasquatch. It's about 120 yards away. The sun had just set, and there was just enough light to still clearly see, as it finally emerged from the tree line.

"It's a... It's a bear." It was a good sized black bear, about 350 pounds or so. From the time I first was some fur, until I could clearly see what it was, was a span of about 20-30 seconds.

My point being that I was telling myself before hand, "Get the camera up ASAP!" Then, when this was going on, I never lifted the camera up, or even turned it on.

So I figured I'd follow up again with the witness to cover the topic:

"I airbrushed a squatch into the pic for scale. I'm not sure if it ever faced toward you like I drew it, but mainly it is for scale..... Another point, if you want to address it. I know you were in awe of what you were looking at through the binos, so is that why you never thought of the camera? I did the same when I thought I saw a squatch breaking through a tree line, but it ended up being a bear. I was so transfixed that I never raised my camera, which I was gripping in my right hand, ready to go. I know a bunch of folks are going to make comments asking why you never got your camera out, so I was going to mention my experience with it, and if you want to add your thoughts, that would be even better."

"Photo is awesome and comes close in capturing what I saw and hope others could imagine how I felt by looking at the picture with the bigfoot standing on the ridge. Wasn't even thinking of the camera till it was too late. I waited for the bigfoot to appear again so I could get a photo but it was becoming too dark and I finally left."

I want to thank the witness for keeping in touch with me, and letting me share his experience here. We've made tentative plans to go squatchin in that area, and will definitely share that when it happens.


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