Applegate, Oregon: Bigfoot Trap

2006 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.
Address:
Upper Applegate Rd., Applegate, OR
Directions:
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.
Admission:
Free.
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Bigfoot Trap. Bigfoot Trap

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]

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