Three of us were scouting for tracks. We happened to meet a retired wildlife biologist with the Forest Service who directed us to an area that he thought might be worth checking out for Sasquatch activity. He owned some cabins on the river and said he had experienced Sasquatch sightings on his property.
The road to the remote area was extremely rough. For two days we neither saw nor heard anyone else. On Sunday the driver stopped at a spot where the jeep trail skirted what had been a muddy stretch, now dried. We had made many similar stops that weekend to look for tracks in places not covered by rocks and thick vegetation.
I noticed a concentration of dead leaves in the midst of the smooth dry mud; I moved the leaves to reveal a depression that the leaves had filled. It was a sixteen-inch track. One of the other guys, an experienced local hunter, announced the discovery of another track, then another. Four tracks were found, deeply impressed in the mud, paralleling the jeep trail. It had not rained for months, so the tracks could have been made the previous May or June.
Alongside the huge tracks was a series of black bear tracks, an adult and a cub. There was no mistaking that the huge tracks we were looking at were NOT bear tracks.
In a spot where the abandoned stretch of jeep trail had a raised center, a left foot registered what looked like a series of marks from a flat nail of a big toe. The tracks were about seven inches wide across the ball, with a heel about four inches wide; depth varied, but they were up to 1.5 inches deep. The average heel-to-heel distance was about 57 inches for the first two steps. The last step, the one where the big toe left the nail marks, was about 80 inches, leading us to speculate that the animal may have slightly stumbled when its foot hit the high center of the road.
It appeared that the track maker had been walking alongside the road, not in it. Rather than walk around the abandoned short muddy curve, it looked like the animal just kept to its straight course. We took pictures, but I was later informed “none of the pictures turned out.”