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COUNTY: Wasco County
LOCATION DETAILS: The trailhead for Twin Lakes is at the Frog Lake snowpark. The trail starts out on the Pacific Crest Trail, and after about 2 miles another trail splits off to go to Lower Twin Lake. Upper Twin Lake is about one mile away from the lower lake.
NEAREST TOWN: Government Camp, about 8 miles away
NEAREST ROAD: Hwy 26, around 2.5 miles from our campsite
OBSERVED: We were camping at Lower Twin Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest, and after dark, we were sitting around the fire when my daughter tried doing a bigfoot howl. About 10 seconds after the howl, we heard a tree knock. There were no other people camping nearby. There were 6 of us around the fire, 3 adults and 3 kids. It was midweek, and there were no other campsites being used around the lake. The knock came from a ridge high above the lake.
OTHER WITNESSES: 6; we had just finished dinner and were talking around a campfire.
OTHER STORIES: No other incidents
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Occurred about 9:45 pm
ENVIRONMENT: Elevation about 4300 feet. Douglas Fir Forest. Near a lake surrounded by forested ridges.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:
I talked to the witness by phone.
The witness was camping overnight with her husband, eight year-old daughter, five year-old son and another dad and his son were present.
They cooked meat for dinner but there was no wind to blow food odors. The forest was silent. The daughter did a howl lasting about three seconds. Five to ten seconds later, a super loud wood knock came from about 400 yards above them. The witness said it was not a tree falling. The adults froze. Her skin "crawled." Her son in her lap began shaking. Her daughter had a frightened look. Her son also cried when they went to their tents.
They did not hear any other sounds nor detect any foul odor. They did not find any tracks although the children did look in the daytime. Due to the reaction of all people present, I find the witness credible.
About BFRO Investigator Kevin Llewellyn:
Kevin has camped, fished and hunted in Eastern Washington all his life. His interest in Sasquatch began when he was 10 years old and saw Roger Patterson present "the" film. He lives in Eastern Washington.
Recently retired, he was a veterinarian since 1984, after graduating from Washington State University.
He attended Washington BFRO expeditions in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Oregon in 2015 and 2018, Montana in 2017 and 2018. He was co-leader of N.E. Washington 2019, Washington 2020, 2021 and Montana 2020, 2021expeditions.