June 1987-88, Noon
Nearest City, Jasper, Jasper National Park
Closest water, Smokey River or Twin Tree Lake
I didn't see a creature
but some very clear tracks that obliquely crossed the mud of the North
Boundary Trail in Jasper National Park. I was on a solo-backpacking
trip into the North Boundary Country in 1987 or 1988 and I had been
hiking for about a week and had not seen anyone in this time except
mule deer, grizzly bears, wapiti, and many small animals.
It was very
early in the season and I was likely the first person be on the trail
that year as I had seen no sign of people previous to me not even any
evidence of anyone through nearly five feet of snow on the Snake Indian
Anyway, I think this was just a few kilometers past Twin Tree
Lake - I'm not exactly sure of the location) and I was coming out of
some heavy bush and going on a slight downward slope toward a boggy
area when I came across several large human footprints crossing the
trail and going into the bush on the other side heading toward the boggy
It was probably near mid-day and the weather was warm and sunny
and I was a little weary from the heavy hiking; the prints were very
fresh (the ridges between the toes being still damp compared to the
wetness of the rest of the prints); there was no debris in the prints
despite the breeze and debris on other parts of the trail; the prints
had probably been made within the previous 45 minutes.
They were very
human looking footprints considerably larger than my own with five clearly
defined toes and evidence of toe movement and what appeared to be dermal
ridges and cracks in the skin of the foot: they were hourglass shaped
and very much larger than even the grizzly bear paw prints that had
been planted over my own fresh boot prints a couple of days before.
I took no pictures of these human-like footprints (due to my incredible
stupidity). For some reason all I could think of was, "Stupid Park
Wardens! Walking around without boots in this kind of country!"
It wasn't until I had walked about another kilometer or two that it
occurred to me how immensely silly my assessment of the prints actually
were and that I had probably been looking at very fresh sasquatch footprints.
That knowledge certainly put a spring in my step to put as much distance
between myself and the area that I'd seen the prints as possible. I
saw nothing else unusual or uncanny during the rest of the trip.
terrain was heavy bush breaking up into a boggy area. There were mountains
all around. I have told very few people and request anonymity.