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COUNTY: Tuolumne County
LOCATION DETAILS: In the Stanislaus National Forest. From Long Barn, Take North Fork rd. east, it will turn in to Forest road 3N01. Follow 3N01 for 20-30 minutes then make a left just past Hull Creek campground on 4N09. At the top of the hill take the right fork which is 3N11Y. At the bottom of the hill, go right which is still 3N11Y. A little bit further up that road it will fork again at 3N26Y. Continue until you see Trout Creek.
NEAREST TOWN: Long Barn
NEAREST ROAD: Forest Road 3N26Y
OBSERVED: I was tent camping with my wife and daughter along Trout Creek about 1/2 mile west of the Clavey River. I woke up early but just laid in my sleeping bag for while. All of a sudden, I heard the "scream" which continued for 20-30 seconds and then it started again for about the same length of time. I thought I was the only one awake at the time but when I turned my head to look at my wife, her eyes were wide open. She turned her head to look at me and we both had that "yep, that's what it is" look. She was kind of freaked out about it but I was rather excited as I have been interested in seeing or hearing some kind of bigfoot evidence. The sound came from the northern direction which was upstream from us. It sounded as if it was kind of far and had a slight echo to it. It was very similar to other scream recordings that my wife and I have heard.
ALSO NOTICED: Both incidents happened only on the first morning of the trip.
OTHER WITNESSES: 2. There were a couple of other campers further up stream and closer to where the sound came from but we didn't talk to them.
OTHER STORIES: The following spring, we camped in the same location and had the same experience. The weather conditions were similar as was the time. The duration of the screams as well as the sound of them was pretty much identical. We also ride our ATV's in the same area and a few times upon stopping, I smelled a very strong "stink" and felt as though I wasn't alone. The smell was like a wet dog mixed with a person who hasn't bathed in a very long time.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Approx. 06:30 cool clear morning.
ENVIRONMENT: The camp was pine forest with some open areas across the creek where there is a large granite slab.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Brandon Kiel:
The witness says the sound was coming from the north and was situated at most a mile away. He states that the screaming went on intermittently for close to ten minutes.
Roughly six months later the family were again staying in this location and heard the same type of call at approximately the same time.
About BFRO Investigator Brandon Kiel:
Brandon Kiel is a professional photographer and naturalist living in the Bay Area.
He was the chief coordinator of Northern California Expeditions for 7 years and has planned/attended more than 20 expeditions throughout the US.