Bigfoot sightings in the Marble Mountain Wilderness area have been occurring for many years.
The first recorded sighting happened in the 1880s, and was documented in the Del Norte Record.
Where is the Marble Mountain Wilderness
You can find the Marble Mountain Wilderness in Northern California, west of Mt. Shasta and south of Happy Camp.
A Christian Youth Group Leader Filmed a Bigfoot Sighting, 2000
Here’s the well-known Marble Mountain Bigfoot sighting video, filmed by Mike Hall, leader of a “Campus Life” youth group hiking adventure. Campus Life is a “Youth for Christ” ministry. Some disabled students were in this group.
This is the raw footage, as originally filmed by the youth group leader, without embellishments by Bigfoot researchers who have analyzed the film.
The official BFRO report on this sighting is here: Report # 2928 (Class A). A “Class A” sighting refers to “clear sightings in circumstances where misinterpretation or misidentification of other animals can be ruled out with greater confidence” according to the BFRO website.
This was not the first sighting of Bigfoot in the Marble Mountain Wilderness.
Jack Dover’s Bigfoot Sighting, 1880s
In the January 1887 Del Norte Record the following article told of a close encounter with Bigfoot, then called Wild Man, in the area between Marble Mountain and Happy Camp. The experiencer, Mr. Jack Dover, was considered an upstanding and trustworthy citizen with a high credibility factor.
“I do not remember to have seen any references to the ‘Wild Man’ which haunts this part of the country, so I shall allude to him briefly.
Not a great while since, Mr. Jack Dover, one of our most trustworthy citizens, while hunting saw an object standing one hundred and fifty yards from the bushes.
The thing was of gigantic size – about seven feet high – with a bull-dog head, short ears and long hair; it was also furnished with a beard, and was free from hair on such parts of its body as is common among men.
Its voice was shrill, or soprano, and very human, like that of a woman in great fear. Mr. Dover could not see its foot-prints as it walked on hard soil.
He aimed his gun at the animal, or whatever it is, several times, but because it was so human would not shoot.
The range of the curiosity is between Marble Mountain and the vicinity of Happy Camp. A number of people have seen it and all agree in their descriptions except that some make it taller than others. It is apparently herbivorous and makes winter quarters in some of the caves of Marble Mountain.”
– found in The Hermit of the Siskiyous by L.W. Musick.
Bigfoot’s Hand Print, in Snow, 2005
In 2005 when JavaBob’s Bigfoot Deli was open here in Happy Camp, a small group of hikers, father and sons, arrived with a compelling story. One of the sons stated that they hiked up the mountain. As they passed a particular snow bank he made a mental note of it. On the way back down later in the day they passed the same snow bank but this time a huge hand print was clearly visible. He knew it hadn’t been there earlier.
Bigfoot Howl Report
In 2001 I took a rafting trip on the Klamath River, and on our float we talked a bit about the paranormal. The rafting guide told me he’d heard what sounded like Bigfoot howls, very loud, in the area of Sulphur Springs, a campground twelve miles south of Happy Camp.
Bigfoot Sighting Reports Wanted
I’ve heard of another father/son team in the Sulphur Springs area that had a Bigfoot sighting. No one has come forward to give me a direct account of that sighting, but I welcome and encourage anyone with first-hand knowledge to contact me.
Could Bigfoot Be Laughing? 2006
My Bigfoot research partner heard the sound of giggling at Sulphur Springs, near the eastern campsite, when he was camped there alone, twice. It sounded like a couple young girls giggling. One possible explanation is that it could have been young Sasquatches observing him. This is a very desolate area and no other people were around.
A man who lived in the last cabin on the road leading to Sulphur Springs erected a “Bigfoot Crossing” sign. It was there 12 years ago (year 2000) when I first explored the area; it has since been removed.
Bigfoot Footprints, Possibly Near Cougar Creek
A firefighter told me he’d seen Bigfoot prints in that area… he said they were in a creek drainage “nine miles south of Happy Camp.” This could have been Cougar Creek.
Sulphur Springs Photos, 12 Miles South of Happy Camp
Bigfoot Cave in the Marble Mountain Wilderness
There’s a cave in the Marble Mountains… called Bigfoot Cave. This is a very large cave system that is known to be the 12th deepest cave in the USA. It is 1205′ deep and 12.4 miles in length!
A perfect Bigfoot habitat!
Accessible and known entrances have of course been sealed by the US Forest Service.
The mountains are called “marble” mountains because they are made of marble, in large part. You can find lots of white marble stones in Elk Creek.
As I find more stories about Bigfoot sightings in the Marble Mountain Wilderness, I’ll place them on this page.
Fictional Bigfoot Sightings in the Marble Mountain Wilderness
My novel, River Girl, contains a chapter, “Wild Men,” that recounts a Bigfoot sighting story. In that chapter packers and their mules arrived in the Happy Camp area after traveling through the Marble Mountain Wilderness. A packer claimed he’d seen a wild man in the mountains a few days earlier. The children in River Girl decide to hike south toward the Marble Mountains in search of their own wild man adventure. I wrote that in 2001, before I started researching Bigfoot in 2005. I’ve always had Bigfoot on my mind!
In another novel I wrote (unpublished) a hiker in the Marble Mountain Wilderness is injured and then rescued by a Bigfoot, and taken into Bigfoot Cave. I truly believe they live there.