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COUNTY: Pierce County
LOCATION DETAILS: go over the train tracks and up the trail to the righ. pass through the field sticking to the right. Go down the hill with the metal cable attached to the tree. You'll get to the spot about 1/4 mile down
NEAREST TOWN: Eatonville
NEAREST ROAD: Alder Cuttoff Rd.
OBSERVED: I and my friends were hiking at the eatonville waterfalls when we smelt a wet dog musky sweet smell. We figured it was elk or a bear. When we turned the corner by the middle fall there was a huge black creature crouching over like a human drinking from the river. My buddy gave a suprised yelp and it looked up stared at us for a minute then moved lightning quick into the trees.
ALSO NOTICED: It didn't seem scared but more annoyed
OTHER WITNESSES: 3
OTHER STORIES: Edited by investigator
TIME AND CONDITIONS: noonish/breezy and misty
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Scott Taylor:
The witness was hiking to a popular spot just south of the town of Eatonville, Washington. This location is where a branch of the Mashel River flows over a waterfall about 30’ high. The location is approximately 200 yards from the highway parking area. I was hiking at that spot recently, so I am familiar with the location. It is very near the Pack Forest, which has a long history of sasquatch sightings, track lines in the snow, and other activity (including stealing a trail worker's lunch).
They hiked from the road, across the railroad trestle, and down the trail to the right of the railroad tracks. This trail has a cable strung along it to use as a hand hold. The trail is quite steep. In talking to the witness, I gathered these additional details:
It had not heard them approach over the sound of the river. After about ten seconds of staring at the three people, it turned away from the river and moved rapidly off into the trees to the southwest on two legs. As it moved away, it paused three times to turn and look at them. The witness said this was the time when he was worried about whether or not it would attempt to approach them. He said that it turned its entire body to look at them. He got a really good look at the animal. It was only about 60 feet away when they first saw it. By the time it had moved about 50 feet away from the river, it vanished into the brush. The location is such that throughout most of the day, the river is in the shade, so the ability to see fine detail is not very good.
The witness gave me a good description of the creature's appearance:
The color of the fur was black underneath, but a rusty red at the tips. The fur was long and straight. The face was wide, like an orangutan. The skin color was a reddish-tan; like someone who has been using too much fake tanning cream. He could not see detail of the mouth, nose, or eyes due to the lighting. The head was cone-shaped on top. There was no visible neck. The arms were very long, reaching nearly to its knees. The hands were large, like the picture of Michael Jordan holding a basketball. It looked like a huge human with fur. He estimated the height at 6’4”. (They were above the creature looking down, so height estimation is problematic). The witness is a body builder and weighs 300 lbs. He said by comparison this creature was much bigger; he estimated its weight at 500 lbs. The build was massive, with huge shoulders.
Vocalizations: He said that it made a “clearing its throat sound” as it rose to turn and walk away. It sounded just like a human clearing its throat when they are annoyed at being disturbed.
Being familiar with the location, the history of sasquatch sightings in this area, and with the excellent description of the creature, I am convinced that this witness saw a sasquatch.
About BFRO Investigator Scott Taylor:
Scott Taylor is a retired aerospace manager. He lives near the crossroad of Matlock, Washington. He had his first bigfoot encounter in October 2005 where he was stalked and later heard vocalizations. He attended official BFRO Expeditions in the Washington Cascades in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He also attended the 2007 BFRO Expedition in the central Oregon Cascades and the 2007 Utah Expedition in the Uintas. He attended the 2008 and 2009 Olympic Peninsula Expeditions and co-lead the 2013 Expedition. He has participated in numerous speaking engagements over the past 16 years.