There's no Bigfoot to be found
in Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, and no guarantee of finding a
Bigfoot anywhere else, either. With a clear preference
of avoiding people, Bigfoot's reclusive nature makes him difficult
to find anywhere.
But some areas have had more
regular sightings or other evidence of Bigfoot activity than
others, and if you go to the places where he has been seen
before, you'll at least develop more of an appreciation about
the places he may inhabit and also get a sense of the challenges
in sighting Bigfoot.
Bigfoot in Washington State
There's no reason why you have to go to Washington for a Bigfoot
expedition - other places also have concentrations of Bigfoot
sightings, and the balance of this page is fairly location
neutral in its comments. The third page of this article
will give specific places in Washington for you to visit.
Washington does have more reported Bigfoot sightings than any
other state. As of April 2009, the Bigfoot Field
Researchers Organization reports 460 reasonably credible
sightings from WA, with the next highest number being 407 from
much larger California. Adjacent Oregon scores third on
the list, with 210 sightings, and British Columbia also has a
good number of sightings (102).
As such, WA can be considered the central hot spot for
Bigfoot activity. While the largest number of sightings
have been in Skamania Country in southern WA (where Bigfoot
awareness is so developed that an ordinance was passed making it
illegal to kill a Bigfoot), there have been sightings much
closer to Seattle, making it possible for a visitor to the
region to develop a day of touring taking them to several
conveniently accessible areas where there have been high quality
Bigfoot sightings in the reasonably recent past.
Viewing a Map of Past Bigfoot Encounters
Perhaps the best resource to understand where people have had
Bigfoot encounters is the Google Earth overlay provided by the
Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO).
If you don't already have the free Google Earth program, you can
download it onto your computer
Note this is a different program to the Google Maps program that
runs in your web browser.
Once you've installed the Google Earth software, you can then
set of sighting data from BFRO that
will appear on the
Google Earth map. You can adjust the sighting data to only
show the highest quality sightings (what they term their 'A'
category sightings), or to add the 'B' and, if you wish, 'C'
category sightings too, and see it all displayed on a satellite
view of as much or as little of North America as you wish.
You can also choose for what time period you want to see
sighting data. Maybe you only want to see information
about sightings in the last year, rather than sightings that go
back all the way to 1869.
Clicking on any sighting point opens up a window with
information about that sighting.
At its simplest, this gives you some information
about where the biggest concentrations of Bigfoot sightings have
been, although there are so many of them, and the map quickly
becomes infested with sightings, making it is hard to see much of a
pattern at all.
Planning Your Own Sightseeing Around Bigfoot Territory
In the fourth page of this article, we'll offer you a tour or two to consider
that we've already created for you, but first we'll explain the
process that we used, so you can use this to create your own
itinerary for other locations, or to modify our suggested itinerary.
We wanted to develop an itinerary that would be a nice easy day
of touring from Seattle and back to Seattle, and which didn't
involve too much difficult off-roading or too extensive hiking
in and out from trailheads.
So we started off looking for recent 'A' category contacts that
were reasonably easy to get to, and after finding those, then
expanded the filters on the Google Earth map to look for less
recent contacts and B or C category events. The net result
is an itinerary that - while absolutely not guaranteeing you any
chance of a Bigfoot sighting or related encounter (such as
hearing a strange noise or seeing footprints) will at least let
you see where other people have had such experiences and maybe
give you some of the ambience and atmosphere of Bigfoot.
Plus, if you keep your senses finely tuned - you just never
know, do you.
So you can do a similar sort of planning process yourself.
It probably makes sense to 'anchor' your itinerary with one or
two recent high quality Bigfoot experiences; after all, what is
more likely - to have a Bigfoot encounter yourself where Bigfoot
was recently seen, or somewhere where it was seen thirty years
earlier? With the gradual development and urban
encroachment, plus impacts of possible climate change and who
knows what else, one has to assume that the areas where Bigfoot
is most likely to live gradually evolve and change over time.
Perhaps you'll combine some Bigfoot sightseeing with other
touring around the region, or as part of a day traveling between
two places for other reasons.
Seasonality of Sightings
Because Bigfoot is thought to be a primate (ie an ape like
creature) rather than a member of the bear family, it is
unlikely that Bigfoot hibernates in the winter, and there have
been some winter-time sightings.
The reduced number of winter-time sightings is probably as much
a reflection on fewer people being out looking for Bigfoot at
that time of year. One good thing about winter is that it
makes tracks more apparent, although perhaps not as distinct and
maybe more fleetingly if fresh snow is falling.
In view of no clear seasonal issues for when to go looking for
Bigfoot, you probably should choose the most convenient time of
year for you, which will likely be from late spring (some of the
snow in the forests takes a long time to thaw) through to early
fall and before it gets too uncomfortably cold and wet/snowy
The Best Time and Place to see Bigfoot
It may be that Bigfoot is semi-nocturnal. There seem to be
more sightings at night than during the day, and when one
assumes that fewer people are out and about at night, this
disparity widens further.
On the other hand, unless it is a clear evening with a full
moon, and/or unless you have state of the art night vision aids,
it is harder to see a dark shadowy indistinct shape at night,
and of course, night time searches for Bigfoot are less
convenient for most people's schedules. So consider this
point, but don't feel obliged to limit your searching to only at
There is also a surprising number of times that Bigfoot is
sighted in, at, or close to the water (whether it be a lake or
river). Clearly they need to drink, and if they take their
water from rivers and lakes (where else would they get it from,
after all), then this creates a focus point where you might be
more likely to see a Bigfoot than just 'anywhere' in the wilds.
There's another point for choosing a lake side or river bank.
Such places may often have a thin strip of clearing where the
water meets the bank, and this may give you a broader field of
view over a larger area than if you choose the bush in general.
There's another benefit to considering lake sides and river
banks. Such areas often have softer ground in which
footprints may more readily be created. Perhaps the most
obvious indicator of a Bigfoot having been in an area is the
large footprints they create when the ground is slightly soft.
The other location issue is suggested by common sense. Avoid places
frequented by lots of people and traffic and other trappings of
civilization. Seek out quieter more out of the way places,
and while looking for places with plenty of bush and trees, try
to also find a place that isn't too heavily overgrown, so as to
have some reasonable amount of area that you can clearly see.
One more thought. It seems that Bigfoot may like fish.
If you wanted to lure a Bigfoot towards your general area, you
might choose to leave some fish out as 'bait'.
two of a four part series on Bigfoot;
see also :
All about Bigfoot in the Pacific Northwest
2. Where and When to Find Bigfoot
3. How to Search for Bigfoot
suggested Bigfoot touring around Seattle
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24 April 2009, last update
28 May 2011
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