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Los Angeles County, Angeles National Forest
My sighting happened in 1995, but at the time I thought I had seen a bear. I've known about "Bigfoot" since the early seventies, but always thought its range was in Northern California and not south of Yosemite or about there. I've done alot of hiking in the Angeles forest in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains and have always enjoyed checking for signs of wildlife (tracks, scat, hair , etc....) to see what type of animals had been in the area. Not once did I even think to look for "Bigfoot" sign. I've been a believer in "Bigfoot" since I was a kid and dreamed of going into remote places to find the elusive animal, but a lifestyle in Los Angeles did not permit it (probably a bad excuse). I never made the time to go up north and do any research myself but I have read a lot of literature. The first story I read about the "Bigfoot" phenomena was about the Albert Ostman incident, which was in a small paperback book called mysterious monsters or something like that. Anyway, if I hadn't stumbled onto your site on the Internet, I would still be in the dark about the Southern California "Bigfoot".
Place: Off the N2, Angeles Crest Highway, 20 miles north of La Canada, in the Angeles forest at the Chilao picnic area about 2 miles north of the Chilao Campground area.
Time: 12:30-1:30 AM. August 1995.
Terrain: The picnic area is a small canyon about 1/2 mile long by 1/4 mile wide. The north and south side rise out of the canyon to hills and have trails that lead and there a lot of pine trees along the perimeter. The middle area has picnic tables and is flat with a seasonal creek running almost down the middle of it. Pine trees are abundant but not as heavy as the outskirts of the canyon. On the north side there is a road that runs thru the area from off N2, it passes a visitors center on the north and continues thru to the Chilao Campground area south.
What Happened: A friend and myself were there after closing just sitting by the fire playing backgammon, having a couple of beers. She needed to relieve herself so I walked her to the restroom that was about 200 yards away. We did not have any flashlights with us and was very dark. I waited outside for her just looking into the night that was very calm and peaceful.