Viewing Report

Sighting Year
2003
Category
Tracks
Nearest City
Silverton,
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Country
United States
State
Colorado
County
Describe what you were doing at time of sighting
Friday morning (the 20th), we drove into Durango and rented a couple of late model Jeeps. We drovenout to attempt a drive on FR 682 but found it closed due to a recent fire. The Jeep rental folks hadnsuggested FR 578 as an alternate if we found 682 closed, so we proceeded north on US 550 to the Purgatory\\Durango Mountain Resort area and picked up FR 578. At the junction we followed FR 578nand took it up through the Graysill Mine and Graysill ghost town, over Bolam Pass, and then west fromnthe junction with TR 638.
Describe what you heard / found / saw
We followed FR 578 until the trail terminates at a berm installed on a spur of FR 578, presumablyninstalled to close the trail to motorized traffic. While my wife and daughter and I stopped to eat lunch,nmy sister, brother-in-law and father hiked towards the base of Hermosa Peak (12,579 ft). I estimate wenwere at approximately 11,500 to 12,000 feet, near the timberline.nWhen they returned from their hike (about 3 PM), my sister (age 28) reported that she had noticed whatnshe thought looked like a large bare human footprint on a closed portion of trail, approximately ¼ milenWSW from the berm.nHaving been interested in the Bigfoot phenomenon for some time, I though she might be pulling my legnbut I took my video camera and we walked down the path together, looking for where she thought shenhad seen the footprint. We noticed a large amount of Elk sign in the area, and what appeared to benmotorcycle tire tracks.nWe had not noticed anything and had actually started back towards the area where the Jeeps werenparked when she found the print. I videotaped the print, and compared my hiking boot (size 12) to thenprint. The print appeared to be perhaps 2 inches longer than my hiking boot which measures 12¾ninches, and about 1 to 2 inches wider than my hiking boot which measures about 5 inches wide, makingnthe print approximately 14½ or 15 inches long by about 6 to 7 inches wide. The print had what appearednto be a clear heel line, foot shape, ball print and toe marks. The print appeared to be a left foot.nAs we continued towards the Jeeps, we found another print, much more clear than the previous printnabout 3½ to 4 feet away. When we first observe this print I am clearly heard on the tape to say “Oh mynGod” because the print was so obvious. This print appeared to be a right foot. Relative size compared tonmy hiking boot was similar to that noticed on the first print. This print had more definition of the heelnprint, arch and ball print, indicated flexibility due to a sharp rock that would have been near the centernof the foot, and had five very distinct toe marks. The rock appeared to have been displaced either bynwhatever made the print, or subsequent to that by the passing of Elk or my family. My sister joked atnthis point that “he stubbed his toe” due to the shape of the print and proximity to other rocks.nAbout 3 or 4 feet further along the trail (heading back ENE) we found a third print that was not as easynto distinguish but which approximately matched the distance from the first to second print and wasnagain similar in size. The ground on the trail was getting progressively harder and more stoney, but thisnappeared to be a left foot again.nNo further prints were observed as we made our way back to the Jeeps, but we continued to observe Elknprints made in the muddy sides of the closed trail (evidenced by curling and ridges on the prints).
Describe the time of year and the environment
Friday, June 20th, 2003. Time was about 3pm, Weather was clear and sunny. We had been snowed onnwhile corssing Belam Pass about an hour and a half earlier.nSeveral stands of pine, lots of fresh water and abundant signs of elk and deer, about 1/2 - 1 mile fromnHermosa Peak.
Have there been any other reports ro talk in your area
None that I am aware of.
Additional comments
I initially took the whole event in a rather non-serious way, even though I have been a real student ofnBigfoot stories and research for sometime, especially during my teens and early twenties. In hindsight, we could have marked the prints and tried to take more accurate measurements of gait, print size, evennsketched them, as well as heading back down the trail (towards Hermosa Peak) where the ground wasnsofter and more likely to have recorded additional prints. We also could have looked around the area fornother signs, there were several nearby stands of trees, snow and other fresh water sources.nI do have several minutes of video that includes the surrounding area to verify my location and fornreference, and this includes some clear images of all three prints. I weigh about 180 pounds and madenvery little in the way of tracks in the dirt, with only occasional traces of boot tread showing in the samenarea. I do not recall noticing ridges on the prints indicating they were not likely made while the groundnwas overly wet or muddy.nI am not a great outdoorsman but I am aware that some bear prints can appear almost human, but thenvideo shows what I believe to have been clear human or humanoid footprints with no evidence of clawsnas on a bear.
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