Burst Rock, Stanislaus National Forest
In September of 2000, my 15 year old daughter and I found a large clump of strange looking hair while we
were on a hike in a remote area of the Sierras.
The hairball was lying at the base of a large rock.
We were very near the top of a formation known as Burst Rock when we found this hair.
Burst Rock is in
the "Emigrant Wilderness" about a half-hour drive from the Dodge Ridge Ski Area (Stanislaus National Forest,
California. It is in a rather remote area.
The last portion of the road to the trailhead is dirt. The
hiking trail takes you to an elevation of 9,161 ft. There were still trees were we found the hair but the
ground was very rocky and there was no grass.
We thought the 9,100-foot level was rather high for the
hair to have come from any domestic animals that were allowed to roam the National Forest.
There were no bones or skin around the hairball. We were there just a couple of weeks before the first
The closest town is Strawberry. We found out later that there have been Bigfoot sightings in the
Strawberry area over the years. The attached picture gives you an idea of how large the total hair mass
If you would like a sample of the hair for possible identification or testing, I would be happy
to send some of it to you. (The hair could easily be pica, marmot or rabbit, ...Short)
Report logged by Bobbie Short, Wednesday, June 13, 2001 9:55 PM