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COUNTY: Clackamas County
LOCATION DETAILS: Molalla River Road, 13 miles south of Glen Avon Bridge.
NEAREST TOWN: Molalla
NEAREST ROAD: Molalla River Rd
OBSERVED: 13 Miles south of Glen Avon Bridge on the Molalla River in Oregon, my friend, myself and two large dogs jumped out of my truck to check up on a regular camp site we use throughout the summer. We walked only about 25 ft from the gravel road and a huge sound of bushes/trees crackling and breaking came from our left. I saw the disturbance out of the corner of my eye and when I looked over, I could see the brush moving violently about 10 ft beyond our path. I didn't see any thing but there was an enormous two or three steps traveling away from us and I could feel the vibration of the weight of the steps under my own feet. That was no deer or elk, the pounding of steps was too heavy and there was a distinct - one step, then a broad second step hitting the ground. I instantly knew that we had definitely startled something that was very big, very close and very fast.
I have heard many human-like steps that seemed excessively heavy on more than one camping trip at the Molalla. They are always after all have gone into their tents or settled in for the night. Usually between midnight and three am.
ALSO NOTICED: I always just "feel" like someone else is in this spot. It's like I'm sensing someone watching me in the woods and I never feel like that. I've heard whooping calls I can not identify within a few miles of this location. I have heard rock tapping at this camp site.
OTHER WITNESSES: One other. He was walking in front of me, noticed the breaking brush at same time with look of horror on each of our faces.
OTHER STORIES: Molalla seems to have a history of sightings, but I have no direct contact with these people. It is an old forest and high in elevation. People are fairly scarce there. If I were hiding from humans I might go there for a spell. Often do!
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Overcast, cool, misty - typical fall weather at the Molalla River. It was around 3pm.
ENVIRONMENT: Old Growth, very wet most of the year. Lots of cedar, pine, fir. Thick forest floor undergrowth. Site was about 1/4 mi after a bridge at MI 13 on the right hand side of the road-river side.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Dr. Wolf H. Fahrenbach:
The site is in the heart of sasquatch activity that has extended over years in this very vicinity, the Molalla Recreational Corridor. It is is about 1,200' in elevation and has the typical scruffy low-elevation forest look about it - some tall trees, mostly second growth, and a tangled understory of alder, slide alder, huge ferns and dense brush. The forest across the river has a much more established and older appearance to it. The abrupt start of the tree shaking was possibly connected with a resting sasquatch rousing from sleep and holding on to trees to beat a hasty retreat. The witness again mentioned the frequent detection of foul aromas and a definite feeling of "being observed" on many occasions. The witness was totally convinced that the steps heard could not be attributed to deer or elk.