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COUNTY: Mariposa County
LOCATION DETAILS: It was a while ago, and I was running about 20 miles a day in the mountains, so "western Clark Range" is about as specific as I can be without a lot of conjecture.
NEAREST TOWN: Yosemite Village
NEAREST ROAD: Yosemite Valley
OBSERVED: Not much, really, but around 1993 or so I lived in Yosemite Nat'l Pk. for a few years. While running accross a talus field in a remote area of the western Clark range, I came across pits in the talus where granite blocks had been lifted up and stacked in neat piles about 3 or 4 feet high. The rocks were angular, about 2 to 3 feet long, and the biggest of them may have weighed a couple hundred pounds. The resulting pits in the talus were maybe 5 feet deep. There was one big pit of that size and 1 or 2 less distinct ones perhaps half as deep. The area was at least a couple of miles from any trail, or any prominent location that anyone would go to, like a lake or a climbing area. As I recall, I was basicly running in a straight line, more or less, from the Clark Range to the Mist Trail region.
I read Bigfoot books as a kid, and immediately recognzed them as Sasquatch sign, but since I was in a hurry, and not too sure if I belived in him or not, I only spent a few minutes in examination.
Bigfoot foraging for rodents? Quien sabe? This was definately not trail construction, as it was in a very obscure area without tourist acsess, but why waste time lifting boulders in the middle of nowhere?
As far as my credibility goes, I grew up in an "outdoors family." I lived in the park about 5 years and got around quite a bit. I am literaly an expert climber and outdoorsman with over 30 years afield. With only minimal bragging, I would put my tracking and mountaineering ability on par with anyones. I know what I saw, just not what did it.
OTHER WITNESSES: I was all by myself.
OTHER STORIES: It immediately reminded me of reports I have read about Sasquatch stacking rocks, but I know of no reports from the Yosemite high country.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Hot sunny midday
ENVIRONMENT: It was a fairly low gradient (not too steep) talus slope in a mountainous subalpine fir forest between the Clark Range and the Merced Gorge.
Follow-up investigation report:
I talked with the witness by phone. The following can be added to the report:
--Witness worked for the concessionaire in Yosemite National Park during this time.
--Witness has not seen anything like the pits and stacked rock before or since then.