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.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

BIGFOOT: Possible Sasquatch Encounter in Desolation Wilderness, Just Southwest of Lake Tahoe

I recently received a report of a possible sasquatch encounter, that occurred back in August of 2005.

Good example of why it's called "Rockbound Valley." Picture credit (Click on Photo to Enlarge)

Brian was kind enough to give me his permission, to share his encounter. Here is Brian's report:

My friend Jim and I were hiking, fishing and camping at a chain of lakes in an area called "Rockbound Valley" in the northernmost edge of Desolation Wilderness. A place we had been many many times because the fishing was good there. We were camped on edge of this beautiful lake surrounded by glacial slab, some brush, thick in places, and randomly scattered with conifers. Anyway, after a long day of fishing we went back to camp, lit a fire, made dinner and relaxed (no alcohol). We talked, and the time goes by, so now its dark. Really dark. No moon. It's around 9:30 or 10:00 PM. We are standing next to the fire, and all of a sudden, we hear this thud and see this baseball sized rock roll out of the darkness, stopping 10 feet to our right. We just looked at each not knowing what to think. A few seconds later followed another rock of similar size, and it fell to the ground, with a thud, directly in front of us.

At this point I yelled out, "Hey!!! Who's there?" No answer.

We shined lights toward the area and walked 30 to 50 feet up near a main trail where the objects had came from. About then, I saw a stick about 3" by 15", come flying at us missing me by no more than 5 feet. We turned off our headlamps and took cover behind a ponderosa pine snag, and we listened to it making these grunting sound as it was pushing through the brush moving North. I then saw a dark shadow cross over the spillway 100 yards away, and then it was gone.

There is no doubt in my mind, and Jim knows too, that what we encountered was a bigfoot. Jim and I had been there for 2 days, because no one else was there. Nobody. Another reason we know it was a bigfoot is that about a half hour after, we walked up to the trail where it had been. It was so dark that it was nearly impossible to navigate without my head lamp. Any person up on that trail that night, would have needed a light. Period!! We saw no lights which tells me no man was up on that trail to throw rocks at our camp. Bears don't throw rocks and sticks, nor do squirrels or mountain lions. I was on a Forest Service hotshot crew for 8 years. I have seen all these animals up close!! I know I never really saw it clearly, but I know in my heart, that what I saw that night was a sasquatch. There is no other thing it could have been. If you had been there, you would know. Now I am a knower. By the way, this whole encounter lasted about 3 or 4 minutes. In a lot of ways, it has changed the way I look at life. There are a lot of things in this world that we just don't understand.

After I replied to Brian about his encounter, he added:

Another thing you may be interested in is that about a half an hour prior to the encounter, we were breaking sticks for firewood by hitting them on boulders. Sometimes bigger sticks don't break the first time and this produces very loud hollow high pitch sounding knock. I think perhaps this was the catalyst which brought it to us. The encounter happened mid August back in 2005.
The next day we investigated the area where we believed it had been, but found nothing. This is the first time I have written about it.

I shared a few thoughts with Brian about his encounter:

I just want to give you my thoughts. What I think you encountered was probably a younger lone male, moving through the area. This may have been near an area that it frequents, and seeing you there may have caught it by surprise. I think it was only trying to get you to react, by throwing the rocks and the stick. If it wanted to hurt you, you wouldn't have returned home. I think it's similar to poking a snake with a stick. It was taunting you. It wanted to see what your intentions were, and how you'd react. Once it saw you as non threatening, it moved on. Some individuals show a real curiosity toward humans, but at the same time, they know they need to avoid us. I think it is why this individual scrambled out of sight as quick as it did.

Thanks again for sharing your encounter, Brian.

If you've had an encounter you'd like to discuss, please feel free to contact me. Sometimes people have questions, and don't understand what they've seen or experienced. I respect your privacy, and will not share anything without your consent. Write me at

To see more photos of Rockbound Valley, and information on hiking in that area, click here to go to the Peachy Hiker's Blog.

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.

Please keep in mind, that these pictures are my property. I can be contacted at


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


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