Late night sighting at remote Sierra Nevada lake in Golden Trout Wilderness
Sunday, October 13, 2013 (23:28:43)

Posted by Kathy.Strain

Investigator: Tom Yamarone

Date: September 19, 2013

Reported: September 20, 2013 to Inyo National Forest office. (Forwarded to a friend in the BLM who sent me the report. Full text of email below report.)

County: Inyo

Nearest Town: Lone Pine, California

Nearest Road: Whitney Portal Rd. / Horseshoe Meadows Road

Directions: We backpacked to South Fork Lake from Cottonwood Lakes Basin trailhead. It is a rigorous hike of approximately 5 miles.

Narrative:

I was camping at South Fork Lake on a golden trout fishing trip. On Thursday September 19th at 11:30 p.m., I went out of my tent to relieve myself and saw “a very tall being” 7-8 feet tall, forehead sloped back, appeared to have no clothing, walked with long strides, walked stooped over, bent legs, long arms; walked easily over rough terrain. It was not very hairy like sasquatches are usually described, but rather appeared smooth-skinned, with a build resembling that of a basketball player i.e. tall, well-muscled, slender. The creature did not see me; it came down from crest of hill and walked down to lake; then I lost sight of it. Somewhat backlit by moonlight; silhouetted. I checked with other campers in area and none were as tall as what I observed. I looked for tracks; didn’t find any. I estimated the height using a 5-foot boulder that it walked behind and it was much taller than the boulder. I was convinced it wasn’t a human because of the sloping forehead and long arms, but mostly by the fact that it moved so smoothly and easily through a boulder field.

Other witnesses: No

Other stories: No

Conditions: Full moon (Harvest moon) in conifer forest around lake edge in granite bowl.

Investigator comments:

I spoke with the witness by phone on September 25, 2013. He recounted his sighting and I have the following details to add.

As he stated above, he had exited his tent to relieve himself and was standing quietly near a tree when the creature appeared over the crest of the hill near his camp. It did not appear to notice him and strode purposefully toward the lake. He was approximately 30 yards from the subject as it walked past.

The witness told me he was not scared but did not want to startle the creature. He was in awe of what he was seeing. As he stated in the narrative, he did not think the subject was human due to its height, arm length and the ease with which it walked through difficult terrain. He observed it as it walked nearly 100 yards towards the lake. It did not make any sound and no odor was detected.

Regarding its color and hair, the witness stated it was not covered in long hair and the lighting of the moon may have masked a coat of short hair. He stated it was light colored in the moonlight – possibly grey – but it may have been black. The head sloped back similar to an ape. And, as stated above, the arms were extremely long, hanging down almost to the knees.

An experienced outdoorsman, the witness had an impulse to make contact with the creature but worried about how it might react if it was startled. He returned to his tent and sat in the doorway with the tent flap open listening for any sounds. He was concerned about another camper who was situated down the lakeshore from them in the direction that the creature headed. No sounds or disturbances were heard and he returned to his sleeping bag after sitting and listening for 30 minutes.

No one else camping with him (2 friends) nor the other people at the lake (2 other backpackers) reported seeing anything.

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Original report email:
From: Kipp M.
To: tyamarone@pacbell.net
Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 4:12 PM
Subject: Inyo Bigfoot Sighting Report

Hi Tom,

Good catching up. Here is the report as I received it (from a biologist working at the Inyo National Forest offices):

For the record, as a biologist I don't acknowledge sasquatch as a recognized taxon; but philosophically I'm something of a phenomenologist: a subjective first-person report has its own value apart from whether there's objective confirmation. The caller was Russ C. , XXX-XXX-XXXX – identified himself as a former police officer. He told me he was camping at South Fork Lake on a golden trout fishing trip. At Thursday September 19th 11:30 p.m. he went out of his tent to relieve himself and saw “a very tall being” 7-8 feet tall, forehead sloped back, appeared to have no clothing, walked with long strides, walked stooped over, bent legs, long arms; walked easily over rough terrain. He said it was not very hairy like sasquatches are usually described, but rather appeared smooth-skinned, with a build resembling that of a basketball player i.e. tall, well-muscled, slender. He said the creature did not see him; it came down from crest of hill and walked down to lake; then he lost sight of it.Somewhat backlit by moonlight; silhouetted. Checked other campers in area, none were tall. Looked for tracks; didn’t find any. I asked if he used an object in the environment to gauge its height. He said it walked by a 5-foot boulder and was much taller than the boulder. I asked him what convinced him it wasn’t a human. He said it was partly the sloping forehead and long arms, but mostly the fact that it moved so smoothly and easily through a boulder field. He sounded sincere and rational, and very impressed and in awe at what he had seen. He said he wanted to report it because “if these things exist, they should be protected.” I told him I would pass the information on to someone in the Forest Service who would hopefully get back to him. And I did....
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Photos of the area:

The first photo is an ancient foxtail pine - it's the tree where the witness was standing as he observed the creature walking by (credit Bob Rowley).



The second photo is an example of the environment at South Fork Lakes. Their camp was 300 feet above the waterline and may have been just to the left outside the frame of the photograph (credit Bob Rowley).



The last photo is just a photograph of nearby Cirque Lake - it's a good example of the high elevation lake, granite and smattering of trees environs. It's within a mile of the sighting location (credit Seth Smigelski).



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