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COUNTY: Lewis County
LOCATION DETAILS: Near Summit Creek Campground on Laurel Mountain underneath the caves.
NEAREST TOWN: Packwood. WA
NEAREST ROAD: WA Highway 12
OBSERVED: Our family was on an excursion to Summit Creek Campground, located off of Highway 12 in Yakima County. In the early afternoon we hiked up the north side of Laurel Mountain to a series of caves. On the way up I observed 1 foot print and my son-in-law observed another one. I took photographs of the foot prints with a water bottle and my foot for reference. No other unusual activity was observed or heard.
ALSO NOTICED: Nothing out of the ordinary just forest land.
OTHER WITNESSES: One other witness. Children were there but too young to understand
OTHER STORIES: I recall reading reports from this area at the BFRO website.
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early afternoon.
ENVIRONMENT: Heavy forest.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Jeff Sidebottom:
Date of Observation: 5/24/2020
Time of Day: 1:56pm
County of Observation: Lewis
Moon Up & Phase: Waxing Crescent
Witness Background: United States Marine. He was very intrigued with the tracks he discovered and was amazed at the depth and size.
Weather Conditions: Fair, nice weather.
Lighting conditions: This forest but quite a bit of sunlight
Any odd stick formations, rock stacks found: None.
No sighting other than tracks.
Description of area: Forested, water falls
Terrain: Water falls, loose rock, caves, moss and log debris.
Available water sources: Creeks, streams.
Available food sources: Grass, berries, elk, deer, hares.
Bedding areas, if any, describe: None noticed.
Any cave systems in the area: Rock caves 10ft or so deep.
Tracks found about 200 yds from caves.
Two tracks were found. Tracks about 20 feet apart. Lots of downed logs and moss. Imprint was in moss. Deep depression around the toe area. No obvious trackway.
Any claw marks that would indicate bear: No
No vocalizations heard
About BFRO Investigator Jeff Sidebottom:
25 years as a Journeyman Tool & Die Maker/Machinist. Went back to school, earned Associates Degree in Computer Electronics Engineering, then Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems Security. Worked in the Telecommunications field for more than a decade. Currently manages a company phone system serving 43 sites in 2 states.
Originally from Kentucky. Grew up hunting and hiking. Spent much time in the woods and forests. Moved to Washington state in 2013. Loves the Pacific Northwest. Firm believer in Bigfoot since childhood. Has FLIR thermal imager and nightvision scope.