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.
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.
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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]

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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