Applegate, Oregon: Bigfoot Trap2006 restoration of the 1974 North American Wildlife Research Team's trap for catching a bigfoot. Trap is a half mile up a trail from the road.
- Upper Applegate Rd., Applegate, OR
- 26 miles south of Medford, Hwy 238 west to Ruch, left on Applegate Road to the Dam. Drive past the dam and the stop several hundred feet past the Hart-Tish Park entrance at the Collings Mountain Trailhead on right. Marked by a sign with footprint insignia. Hike about half a mile to a fork at a dilapidated shelter. The trap is about 200 feet up the trail on the left.
Visitor Tips and News About Bigfoot Trap
We've read descriptions of a dilapidated old shack about a half-mile up the path, which signifies the fork in the trail to the Bigfoot Trap. We wound up walking about a mile past the fork, missing it because the shack is now flat on the ground in a pile of branches. So, around the half-mile mark, look close for the piles of wood.[Michael Hermant, 06/29/2016]
This is a real Bigfoot Trap built in 1974 by the North American Wildlife Research Team and restored in 2006. Miner Perry Lovell reported that he discovered 18-inch, human-like tracks with a 6-foot stride in his garden near the Applegate River. The trap was baited with carcasses for six years -- a couple of bears were caught. The Forest Service finally bolted it permanently open because of safety concerns for hikers.
You can reach the trap with an easy half-mile hike from the Collings Mountain Trailhead.[Lisa Fu, 08/14/2011]