Bigfoot in the Bay Area?

I recently trekked up north to Bigfoot Country. This prompted Genie Scott to request that if I should encounter Bigfoot, "Get an interview for my talk!"

I traveled the Bigfoot Highway, visited Bluff Creek where the infamous Patterson-Gimlin footage was filmed, and stopped by the Willow Creek - China Flat Museum, a center dedicated to local history, and Bigfoot lore.

Unfortunately for Genie's talk, and cryptozoologist's worldwide, I encountered some fascinating anecdotal evidence, but I didn't encounter any historical evidence, or Bigfoot...

California claims more Bigfoot sightings than anywhere else in the world. (Other cultures have different variants, such as the Yowie of my native Australia.) But does Bigfoot call the San Francisco Bay Area "home"?

Like the USGS earthquake map, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) have a Bigfoot map that pinpoints sightings reported throughout the country. According to this database, Bigfoot (Bigfeet?) favor the north and north-east Californian counties of Humboldt, Shasta, El Dorado and Del Norte, and the Santa Cruz mountains down south.

Bigfoot has allegedly been sighted in the Bay Area, albeit rarely.

I'm sure you recall the recent hoax where two men claimed to find Bigfoot in Georgia, and hosted a press conference in the Bay Area's Palo Alto. Curiously, they forgot to bring along the corpse. Luckily, because it was revealed upon examination that the frozen Bigfoot 'carcass' was really an early Halloween costume.

So, where is Bigfoot in the Bay Area? The BFRO map claims that Bigfoot was sighted once in Pleasanton, Alameda County, back in 1963. In 2000, one report claims to have heard Bigfoot "screams" near Mt. Diablo in Walnut Creek, Contra Coast County. Between 1980 and 2002, Bigfoot has supposedly been heard and seen in various towns throughout Sonoma County. And in 1989 Bigfoot swapped redwoods for vineyards when he was reportedly sighted in the Napa Valley hills.

However, Bigfoot hasn't been spotted in the counties of San Mateo, Solano or Santa Clara (BF needs trees, not just mountains). Sadly, Bigfoot never left his hairy heart in San Francisco. And Marin County is simply too expensive for him. What a shame, Bigfoot would love the dense forests and abundant tasty prey found throughout Muir Woods and Point Reyes!

Despite these reports, and many others, the only Bigfoot 'proof' we have are sightings, smells, supposed tracks and second-hand stories of the same. After all of these years, there are no bones, and no bodies (that aren't of the costume kind).

But this doesn't stop anyone from continuing the hunt for Bigfoot...

Don't forget to attend Genie's upcoming Bigfoot talk for Ask a Scientist in collaboration with the Bay Area Skeptics.

Bigfoot sightings in the South Bay Area

There's a bigfoot museum in Felton, California ( Two bigfoot sightings happened near Felton in 2012 ( A possible bigfoot was seen near San Francisco Airport in 1977 or 1978 ( Colette Alexander had a sighting in 1999 one mile from downtown Santa Cruz (


I have actually been there. It is really cool and they even have a copy of the Patterson and Gimlin footprint. They have the Patterson and Gimlin film running all the time. The person who owns it is really nice. He is named Mike Rugg and converted his house into the museum. I would definitely recommend it for any Bigfoot lover.

Marin Bigfoot sightings...

There is one report of a BF in Mill Valley in the 70's or 80's I believe that was witnessed by 2 officers that saw him scale a massive retaining wall and disappear into the trees & foliage. I also have had friends report hearing a HUGE animal stepping through the woods as we hiked but couldn't see anything. Being very familiar with rather large bucks, it was far from the same sound. I have also seen many of the largest redwoods between Fairfax & Bolinas with long double sets of (3) deep scratches, 3 to 4 feet long, starting as high as 6-8 feet above my head and I'm 6'1". There are now still a couple places I refuse to go even with a group of people during the day, as the panic (Well beyond simply a 'feeling') of being 'watched' is beyond description. Namely: Carson Falls & the old hunter's camp in the valley below it that leads to Kent lake. The place terrifies me to this day & I have no reasonable explanation for it...Cheers!~

It was 1976, Officer Ed

It was 1976, Officer Ed Johnson of the MVPD, and it was off Oakdale Ave, a residential street on the lower slopes of Mt Tamalpais.

Smoking some bad Ganja, perhaps?

Yeah, and there's this secret path just behind Carson falls, that leads to a secret meadow where all the Bigfoots play all day with their cousins, the Ewoks and Wookies. Go back to cultivating your illegal pot farm and stop trolling us.

Smoking some bad Ganja, perhaps?

Hey Dago Red,

You give a bad name to Italians,there's no need to basterdise someone whom you have absolutely no association with. Have a little bit more of an open mind and maybe, just maybe, you will actually see the Forest through the trees.

I'm not saying that I believe or disbelieve the many stories or supposed encounters that people share, but I at least have enough of a Scientific aptitude to understand that all data must be considered before drawing any substantial and unbiased/truthful conclusion.

Even if it means it may contradict my personal assessments and or findings, this in itself is pure unadulterated science. Remember, "a myth is nothing more than an unverified fact!"