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COUNTY: Pierce County
LOCATION DETAILS: If you google Wilkeson, Washington.follow SR165 to the right, and follow Carbon river road split untill you see the wide spot of the Carbon river just before Fairfax. There is a yellow gate that is locked most of the time. on the left hand side of road . just enough room to park with out blocking gate. This old logging dirt road takes off at 30 degrees split off of Carbon river road,looks like a doglegg really, if the gate was not in place. walk down this dirt road about an 1/8 of a mile down round the corner to a view spot where you get your first clear view of the river below.
NEAREST TOWN: Fairfax
NEAREST ROAD: Carbon River Road, Which is just off State Route 165
OBSERVED: My Wife and I stopped at a view spot to enjoy one last look at the river valley below. We were stationary, enjoying the view. Then, we both perceived what looked like a tall man in a trenchcoat walking along the river bed. The trenchcoat guy in question was traveling left to right up the Carbon river bed from my point of view.I would guess 500 yards away total. 300 yards out, and 200 yards below our state of elevation.
My first perception of this visual was with in one second met with confusion. I remember this objects gate was very strong making good time across a boulder garden section of riverbed. The easy going swing of the arms was so natural, so at home cruising with ease across boulders and rocks. So smooth, like walking on a sidewalk. The legs went far out to make big steps. As that first second of visual recognition happened, I noticed how there was no clue of clothes or shoes. What I originally thought was a trenchcoat quickly gave way to questions in the mind over the next micro seconds. There is no sleeve ending into hands, but a continuity of dark color all the way to the finger tips. Same thing with the feet area, no shoes!
I will call this a "HE" from here on out because that's what my gut is telling me. Though a couple paragraphs in words, only 2 seconds at this point observing this creature walking up the valley river bed. About the 2 second mark I glance at my Wife and she at me who is standing directly next to me. Then we look back, and this guy is up until now been walking. Looking straight ahead of him self...
Here is the cool part of the story. About the moment we look back in unison, thinking "just what IS THAT?" Thinking, not saying. He just cocks his head completely to his side and up to meet our eyes instantly! And holds my eyes in his, while he is still walking...Then He goes behind a tree line between us and that's when I say "I think its Time to Go". My wife said "Yep" and we jumped back on our bikes and blazed up the dirt road back to our car. Both of us were shaken a little.
I feel that what I saw was a Hairy Mountain Man that showed high intelligence, through the fact that he some how "picked up on us" watching him... His eyes looked deep into mine for at least 2 seconds. Lots going on in that set of eyes that I remember to this day 5 years later...
OTHER WITNESSES: Me, My wife, and our little girl who was 5 at the Time. We had stopped on our way back to our car for a rest, and one last look at the beauty of the Carbon River Valley.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: 4PM in the afternoon. Nice spring day in the foothills of lovely Mt. Rainier. Sunshine, with blue sky mostly.
ENVIRONMENT: River Valley. Pinetrees covered in dense brush thick and hard travel unless on road or trail.We were on a dirt road used to service the logging once done in the area.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Scott Taylor:
I interviewed the witness by phone for an hour. The next day, the witness and I went to the site where he and his family had the sighting. Based on the witnessesí answers to my questions, and my survey of the sighting location, I am convinced that they had a class A encounter. The creature was witnessed by the father, mother and child.
The river can not be directly seen from the road. The family rode down the logging road between a half and a full mile. They spent some time target shooting. In the late afternoon, they headed back towards their vehicle. It was a sunny day, and the sun was low on the western horizon. When they reached a spot right at the 180 degree turn back to the main road, they stopped to look at the river at the one place where the river is in view from the road. It was then when they saw the creature. It was described as looking like a man in a trench coat. It was black with hair about 4-6 inches long. From what I observed of the site, the creature could not have been more than 100-150 yards from the family. The witness stated that when he thought, "What the heck is that?" at that instant, the creature turned its head and locked eyes on them. With the sun in the face of the creature, the witness stated that the eyes shown brightly. He said that he had a feeling of intelligence from the look the creature gave him. The river noise was loud enough to cover any noise the family would have made riding up the road. The witness stated that the creature was moving with a relaxed, easy gait, swinging its arms and covering ground very fast. The sighting only lasted about 10 seconds, and then the creature disappeared behind some trees.
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.