Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer 2019 Field Season

     For the 2019 summer field season we will be focusing on improving the trail to the film site as well as continuing to operate the trail trail cameras down on the creek. The historic trail to the film site has been trampled down over the last few years as visitation to the area has grown. The original trail follows the old logging road that ran on the south east side of the creek. We had a few complaints last year of folks getting down there but becoming disoriented and having to head back, and several people made it to near the site but never made it to the film site itself. So during this years July 4-7 campout we are going to working on the old trail. If you are planning to attend I recommend bringing some rakes, saws, and loping shears to help clean the trail.

Directions to the film site:

I had re-activated the film site directions page. The road is open now and access is open to anyone wishing to visit the film site.

Friday, January 18, 2019

By Jamie Wayne

     Back in October we serviced all the trail cams down on Bluff Creek. We had an awesome trip with some folks staying out there for over a week. This year we have seen a ten fold increase in traffic to the film site. Out trail cameras were recording many people visiting the site including many groups of folks on the weekends. Our figures place visitation at around 300 visits from maybe 200 individuals. During a few of our trips were discovered that we were often visited by hikers while working down at the film site, this was a first for us. In the past we had less than 20 visitors a year. I do have data from the last few years and I think it might be worthwhile to investigate the visitation issue further.

     We love that people are now able to trip out to the Six Rivers and visit this historical and cultural site. That being said the are is wild and untamed. The creek is a critical habitat for endangered species like the Humboldt marten. With more people come an increased likely hood of chance encounters with wild animals. The video I am posting is evidence of one of those chance encounters.

     We have seen many lions on camera down at the film site but this was the closest call we have seen. We have always maintained that the site is safe but we would like to recommend that people hike with bear bells at a minimum to warn any wildlife that you might be coming. We also recommend against carrying a firearm while hiking to the film site as the chance of shooting yourself in the foot or is far greater than the chance of you needing it.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

2018 Summer Season! Goals and project update!

     We had a slow winter out in Bluff Creek with the snow blocking much of the backcountry access since November 2017. We hope to access Bluff Creek soon and retrieve the cams  when the gates open and the snow clears. We have some new cams to install down there and plan to retire a few of the older ones. It was difficult to service the cams late October and had to pull several of the because we lacked the proper bear boxes.

     This Summer is all about organization and maintenance. The first half of the old historic trail was brushed last year but it dead ends in the creek. Most people just walk upstream from there to the film site but newcomers might have a hard time finding the right spot. This year we hope to finish brushing the trail on the other side of the creek which leads up to the film site itself. I also want to get a few small markers/monuments to mark the frame 352 location and Roger's filming position.

So our tentative plans for the summer are to hike in and service the cams in the next week or two. Then we have our annual July trip taking place July 5-8. Then we will have a August trip usually mid August as well as an early October trip. All are welcome to come and camp with us down at Louse Camp during these trips, but keep in mind we will be working and doing maintenance and not "Squatching" for most of the day. Although we usually do a couple night hikes to see what wildlife we can stir up.

So at this point that is our plan for the Summer. You can donate or contribute to our project at:

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Cams Retrieved! June 13th - 15th, 2017

By Jamie Wayne

Humboldt marten
     Just got back from a great and epic trip down to the PG film site! We were able to service all of the Bluff Creek cameras. Robert Leiterman and I had done a preliminary scouting trip up Cedar Camp rd on Sunday 6-10-2017 and discovered all the gates were open and we could now access the film site. We were lucky enough to be accompanied by a small group of Southern Californian and Washington Bigfoot (and Bigfooter) researchers who had been planning the trip for some time. They were Ernie Alonzo, Ben Hansen, Mark Hopkins, Ed Day, Chris Bader, You might recognize Ben from some of his TV shows, Chris Bader  and Ed Day are professors from Chapman university in Southern California. Mark is a professional photographer. And Ernie helps run paranormal tours in Southern California. They were there to look into the nature of bigfooters themselves and witness the Mecca of bigfooting, the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film site.

Ernie Alonzo, Ben Hansen, Mark Hopkins, Ed Day, Chris Bader, Jame Wayne

Our best photo from over the winter, a pair of marten.
     We had originally planned on servicing the cameras the week prior but recent storms delayed the opening of the gates to prevent the spread of Port Oreford Cedar Disease (POCD). As it turned out the stars aligned and we were able to combine the trips into one great big excursion. After reviewing the photos and video footage on the memory cards from this trip we are very pleased to announce a great success in capturing clear images of the highly threatened cryptid Humboldt Marten. Despite this great accomplishment we were all saddened to see that we had lost several trail cameras to water damage. The snow had been too deep and several cams were buried which is almost always a death sentence for trail cams. While we were down there I filmed a small series of clips with a 16mm phone app. You can watch it below:

June 13th - 15th, Tuesday-Thursday trail camera retrieval trip...

After Robert and I scouted the roads he came and set up a ten in my backyard on sunday night. The crew was set to meet in Willow Creek on Monday June 12th in Willow Creek. They all met up and had dinner and rested in preparation for Tuesday's trip to Bluff Creek. Robert Rowdy and the crew left WC that morning and proceeded to Louse Camp to set up. It took them a while as the road had not been cleared yet. They were all able to do a preliminary hike into the film site and lay eyes on the creek.

One of the new trail cams 

I on the other hand was stuck installing an engine in my Subaru. I couldn't get a ride out there so i had to finish up an engine install after I rebuilt my motor. I was running late and did not get the motor in my car until about 8pm on tuesday evening. I fuelled up and pulled into Louse Camp about 12:30am when everyone was just getting ready to go to sleep. They were all still up and we hung out around the campfire for a bit.

In the morning I gathered my gear and proceeded to prepare the batteries, memory cards, and replacement cameras for the hike into Bluff Creek. We made it to the trailhead around 11am and proceeded to hike in, the crew didn't want to ford the river so Robert and I hiked downstream to the MK Davs site by ourselves. We noticed that the creek had incised quite a bit into it's channel and had exposed some buried logs, no doubt laid down in the 1964 flood. It's always fascinating to see history being exhumed.

View of the abandoned creek channel
Beargrass flower
We reached the MK Davis site and had discovered that the stream had abandoned it's channel and moved north about 20 yards. This created a sort of gravel highway through the dense forest It was truly cool to see. I took a bunch of photos and we serviced the two trail cams that were down there. We relocated one of them and installed two more on the newly created dry streambed. It's a wide open area so we hope to get some good shots of animals. It was a bit too barren so we added a sticks and stumps in front of the camera to make good shelter for small critters. When we get martens they tend to bound out of view really quick but if we add a few small arm sized logs they like to explore them a bit before moving along. 

We hiked back to the Plug cams and removed the Moultrie and serviced the Bushnell. We then continued all the way to the PG film site and met up with the crew. They had been flying a drone and were doing some photography of the area. When we got back they interviewed Robert while I serviced the trail cams. Three had been malfunctioning so I removed them. After 90 minutes or so we decided to hike out. On the hike up the hill i serviced the two junction cameras and discovered that they both had been destroyed by snow. We all met up at the cars and parted ways, Robert had obligations at home so he left for Fortuna and I headed back with the Crew to camp at Louse camp.

We hung out around the campfire and shared Bigfoot stories over some beers. We did a little bit of target practice on some cans in the forest as well. In the morning we packed up and said our goodbyes and ended a great trip to Bluff Creek.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New "Bigfoot" Audio from Humboldt Redwoods

A clip was just passed to me of a purported Bigfoot vocalization from up in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The clip which first appeared on YouTube on Jun 21, 2017 and is about 2 minutes long and contains an enhanced audio rip of the original clip. It appears to show a camper in a tent who is awoken by vocalization coming from the nearby forest. At first glance the video clip has all the good hallmarks of a legitimate clip. It appears to portray an immediate emotional reaction to an event, the person is excited and startled, the video is fairly clear and has good audio, it comes from an account which does not appear to have been previously used for Bigfoot clips. At face value it appears to have been taken by a legitimate person who is not associated with the bigfooter or prank community. At face value I can reasonably conclude that the clip itself is probably not a hoax or some sort of gaff.

Now on to what is heard, we hear several short calls or vocalizations followed by some longer vocalizations which sound like they may be coming from a different individual, that is my best guess. As for the vocalizer or call maker's identity, I can definitively say that at first listen that this appears to be a common vocalization from a barred owl. Barred owls are common in the area and produce a variety of calls ranging from short trill "whoo"s to more complex "whoo cooks for youoo" sounds. It is the opinion of the author and the opinion of the Bluff Creek Project that the clip is just a recording of a common barred owl.

Here is a small quote from Steven Streufert on the clip; he is the owner of Bigfoot Books in Willow Creek, and the local expert on Humboldt's local Bigfoot history:

"We hear these sounds regularly up in Bluff Creek. Neophytes [a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief.] are constantly saying they are Bigfoot, along with other things like acorns falling from trees. That is an owl, and nothing more than an owl. It's always best to study and know the known and real wildlife of an area before one starts assuming unknown monsters."

Above, a clip from youtube.

That being said there are numerous Yurok texts that allege that their Bigfoot or Indian Devil legends can imitate owls and other animals. The one that comes to mind is from the Lucy Thompson Book, To the American Indian.

Thompson, Lucy. 1916 . To the American Indian: Reminiscences of a Yurok Woman.

I would caution anyone from associating the "Indian Devil" (Om'ah), "Creek Devil (ra'k ni uma-ah), Brush Devil (ka'p ni uma-ah) legends with the creature known as Bigfoot as there are several creatures or people that tend to fit the description. From my research it seems that there are several different stories of Om'ah which seem to refer to them as just "wild indians" or bad medicine persons. Often the creature or legend of the Yruok, Karuk, and Hupa refer to them by other names like "ridge walker" or "upslope people" (maruk-ara'r) which seem to refer to more of a hairy monster as opposed to a feral human like the Indian devil. The text I base this on is an academic paper paper titled:  Monsters and the Quest for Balance in Native Northwest California which appeared in the book, Manlike Monsters on Trial; which is exceedingly hard to get these days. I will post a few relevant pages here which I consider not to be a violation of copyright law under the doctrine of fair use for purposes of review.


I find the best way to learn about native Bigfoot legends though is just to go and talk with some tribal elders and ask them for yourselves. A lot of them will tell you that the books are wrong a lot of the times, and that Bigfoots are just the protectors of the forests. That they punishing those who harm people and nature and reward people who are pure of heart and prove themselves as outdoorsmen or outdoorswomen.

*****Update, Matt Moneymaker from Finding Bigfoot has chimed in a said that he believes that it is a Bigfoot making the calls. We disagree as the caller clearly sounds like a Barred owl, but we concede that there are historic reports of Bigfoots mimicking owls.

Buckley, Thomas. Quest for Balance in Native Northwest California, from the book Manlike Monsters on Trial. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA PRESS, Vancouver and London. 1980. ISBN 0-7748-0119-0.

Thompson, Lucy. 1916 . To the American Indian: Reminiscences of a Yurok Woman. Heyday Books Berkeley, CA. (1991 edition). Page 130.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

All Roads Open!! Bluff Creek day trip Sunday 6-10-2017

This small day trip by Robert Leiterman and I was just an attempt to scout the Bluff Creek area

On Sunday 6-10-2017 Robert came by my house around noon and picked me up. Our mission was to scout the roads around Bluff Creek for openings and to service the two trail cams we had at the two lakes. We drove up Bald Hills rd and at the top of the hill we saw a large bear. We made it out of the Bald hills and fueled up at Piersons grocery in Weitchpec around 13:30. We continued to Cedar Camp rd and proceeded to drive the 20ish miles to the lakes. After a 45 minutes of driving we arrived at the Lakes.


We were interested to discover a few 4x4s parked at the camping area, after briefly chatting with the three guys we learned they were researching western pond turtles. They were researchers Jamie Bettaso, Don Kerry (?spelling), and Chris West of the Yurok tribe's wildlife's office.

They were employed by different agencies and we learned we have many mutual friends, including James "Bobo" Fay of Finding Bigfoot fame. They showed us a nearby turtle that had dug in to nest by the rd. I was amazed to learn that the turtles have been nesting right in the campsite! We hung out for a while and let them get back to their work. We parted ways and finished servicing the cameras at the bear wallow. 

12N13 gate is open
We decided we would drive Cedar Camp rd north to the GO rd. It was very rocky and covered with hazards. We eventually reached the green gate and were very surprised to see that it was wide open. We decided to investigate further and try our luck to see if the film site rd was accessible. The rd was rough but we bade it to the berm in one piece and proceeded to drive home via the GO rd. 

Snow on 12N13 just past the gate.
The GO rd seems to have sustained some damage and a bit of subsidence in areas but it totally drive-able. We headed home via Bald Hills rd and made it home around 9pm, Robert camped out in my yard and left for Willow Creek Monday morning to meet up with the out of town Bigfoot researchers to prepare for the return trip the next day on Tuesday.

New reinforcement on the 12N13 gate

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Update on the impending PG film 50th anniversary disaster...

So as you may know this October 20th marks the 50th anniversary of the PG film. Many people have contacted us about possible festivals or conferences in Willow Creek or Humboldt at that time, as well as their intentions to visit the film site on that day. We opted to have a small celebration during Labor day weekend instead of in October simply because there will be no access to Bluff Creek. The roads that go into Bluff Creek close at the beginning of October every year due to the Port Oreford Cedar disease control measures. At this time there will be now way to legally access Bluff Creek and the PG film site during the anniversary. That is why we have opted to host our celebration during labor day weekend and the Bigfoot Days festival. The weather will still be warm and we will still have access to Bluff Creek.

It has come to our attention that there are several groups planning their own celebration in Willow Creek and are planning to visit the film site. This is fine but be advised that the roads into Bluff Creek will be closed for the winter and there will be no access to the area.

Apparently local hotels are already booked for the week of October 20th and many are still planning to come. At this point we think that we should still do some sort of conference during the actual 50th anniversary even if we can't access the site. It occurs in the week before Halloween and many places would likely be willing to host some Bigfoot related activities.

I will try and plan at least a few local activities for visiting Bigfoot enthusiasts during that time. We have a local pulp theater that can host large crowds and i will be contacting them to see if they would be willing to screen a few Bigfoot related films. Likewise I will also contact the local breweries to see if they can host some Bigfoot parties during that time.

I would like to have it be sort of a Bigfoot week celebration with small events held around the area culminating in a small conference or meetup. I will also attempt to gain permits to allow us access to the PG film site on October 20th itself.