1935, Mount San Jacinto State Park, California: Bigfoot Steals Picnic Basket

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1935, Mount San Jacinto State Park, California: Bigfoot Steals Picnic Basket

While on a day trip picnic with his sweetie, Peter Smith and Dolly James, experienced a horrifying and unforgettable encounter.

Just as Peter uncorked the bottle of wine, a large hairy man leaped from the bushes. The man was completely covered in filthy dark hair, had the facial features of an ape, and smelled like raw sewage. The wild man waved his massive arms up and down and screamed a terrible, high pitched scream.

Peter and Dolly jumped up and ran down toward their automobile. When they returned a half an hour later, the couples picnic basket was gone and the rest of their belongings were strewn all over.

Years later, when telling the story, Dolly was informed that she had seen a Bigfoot. She just clucked and said, “I don’t know about all that.”

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1971, Oasis Mobliehome Park, California: Bigfoot Rocks RVs

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1971, Oasis Mobliehome Park, California: Bigfoot Rocks RVs

Denise and Joel Whitestein were sleeping in thier parked RV. It was the third and final night they were staying at Oasis Park in California.

Denise woke up suddenly. At first she thought they were having an earthquake since the RV was rocking back and forth. She shook her husband, but he just rolled over and muttered something about “just riding it out.”

But when the growling and scratching started at the side windows, Denise screamed and Joel finally got up. When he saw how violently the RV was rocking and heard the beast noises outside, he, too, was concerned. He crept over to the window and looked out. Joel claims to have seen a large ape man pushing on the side of the RV.

Joel and Denise cowered in the corner until the beast moved on.

The next morning the side of their RV was scratched up. Several other campers reported similar damage. Some of the campers thought it was hippies on drugs. Denise was certain it was a monster. A few suggested a Bigfoot. No one there had a plausible explanation.

1989, Lassen National Forest, California: Two Bigfoot Holding Hands

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1989, Lassen National Forest, California: Two Bigfoot Holding Hands

Mike Burris was hiking toward Chaos Crags when he heard something moving heavily through the forest behind him. Burris stopped on the trail and waited to see who was following him.

After a few minutes of waiting and no one emerging around the bend, Burris continued on his hike. About twenty minutes later, Burris saw something that he will never forget.

Burris claims to have seen a large Bigfoot holding hands with a smaller Bigfoot cross the path ahead of him. The larger one was a blackish brown and the smaller one was more reddish blonde. Burris is certain that the large one was a male and smaller one was female. The male was clearing leading the female along.

Burris thought about following the pair, but by the time he started after the Bigfoots, they had completely disappeared. Burris is pretty sure they knew he was there and hid from him.

1985, Sierra National Forest, California: Ally Sheedy Sees Bigfoot

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1985, Sierra National Forest, California: Ally Sheedy Sees Bigfoot

 

Ally Sheedy was on vacation after the premier of St. Elmo’s Fire. She and some friends were hanging around Shaver Lake. While sunbathing in the late afternoon, Sheedy claims she heard a terrible noise, like someone struggling to breathe. When she sat up she saw two glowing red eyes looking at her from the nearby bushes.

Thinking her friends were playing a trick on her, Sheedy stood up and started to walk toward the bushes. That is when the creature hiding there let loose with a terrifying scream that froze Sheedy and caused goosebumps on her arms.

Sheedy gasp and ran back to where the cars were parked. She refused to leave the car for the rest of the weekend.

To this day, Sheedy will acknowledge the encounter, but refuses to really discuss it.

1964, Fife Creek Valley, California: Scientist sees Bigfoot Tangled in Tinsel

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1964, Fife Creek Valley, California: Scientist sees Bigfoot Tangled in Tinsel

Dr. T. Charles Loretta was hiking in the Fife Creek Valley collecting samples of Ramalina menziesii. Dr. Loretta hoped to make the Lace Lichen so popular that one day it would be made the state lichen.

As Dr. Loretta set up to take a series of photographs of a cluster of lichen he discovered, he heard branches cracking along the hill above him. Then the doctor heard a heavy shuffling like someone was dragging a duffle bag.

 Dr. Loretta saw a big figure lumbering along the ridge. He seemed to sparkle in the sunlight breaking through the redwood canopy. As he focused on the sparkling, he determined that the creature had Christmas tree tinsel matted or struck it its hair.

He postulated that the Bigfoot must have tangled with the wrong garbage pile and somehow came in contact with a pile of discarded Christmas trees. Or, more unlikely, the Bigfoot put the tinsel there itself as a style statement, but that would defeat any camouflage effect the creature naturally developed.

While Dr. Loretta did not get any photos of the Bigfoot, he did get several usable shots of the lichen.

1994, Seiad Valley, California: Hiker Hears Stone Knocks

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1994, Seiad Valley, California: Hiker Hears Stone Knocks

Monty Christopher told his grandson, Tom Christopher, about the time in 1994 when he was hiking through Seiad Valley on his way along the Pacific Crest trail. It was near dusk and Christopher stopped to tie up his boot again.

That is when Monty heard the stone clacking. At first he thought maybe there was a rock slide somewhere nearby. But then the knocking became too rhythmic. It sounded like someone or some thing clapping two large rocks together and alternating banging them on a tree.  The knocking went on for nearly 20 minutes.

When Monty described the sounds to a fellow hiker, they told him it was not uncommon to hear in the valley, since it was a way for the Bigfoot to communicate. Monty was suspicious, but did some research and found out this to be true.

2015, Big Tujunga Canyon Road, California: Creature Standing in Road

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2015, Big Tujunga Canyon Road, California: Creature Standing in Road

While driving along Big Tujunga Canyon, Jeremy Chaste skidded to a sudden stop along a tight left curve. Stunned he could not even toot his horn, because standing in the middle of the road was a gigantic bigfoot.

The creature was hunched over, picking at something between its massive toes. Bigfoot slowly turned his head to look at Chaste’s silently idling Prius. Chaste was too amazed to be frightened.

Then he remembered that his phone was charging next to him. He could get a photo at least, if not an amazing video. So he slowly, without trying to seem like he was moving, reached over to his phone.

Just then the Bigfoot jumped up, seemed to stick its tongue out at the car before leaping hi up the rocky slope to disappear over the top.

Chaste was unable to get any footage of the creature.