Bigfoot Sightings Abound At Mysterious Mount Shasta

By on June 1, 2016 // Cryptids // 8 Comments

Mount Shasta Bigfoot Sightings
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Mount Shasta is a place of many mysteries. A sacred ground, home to Lemurian refugees, portals to other worlds, faerie folk, evil giants, and hidden UFO bases. On its forested slopes, conspiracies await all.

If you watch closely, you may even encounter Bigfoot.

That said, the Bigfoot sightings alleged to have occurred at Mount Shasta, located in Siskiyou County, California, are a bit unlike your usual fare. In 1962, for example, one woman claimed she witnessed a female Bigfoot give birth. In another case, date unknown, a mysterious Bigfoot approached two men at the Bunny Flats campground and gave them a crystal.

Your guess is as good as mine.

I’ve often heard it said that Bigfoot may be more than just an ordinary creature. Consider that, when an alleged Bigfoot sighting occurs, he often appears as quickly as he vanishes, leaving little to no trace behind. Pictures are often blurred, as if he were something more unusual. A ghost? A paranormal entity? At Mount Shasta, I suppose anything is possible.

Some have even mused that these creatures we call Bigfoot are actually Lemurians, remnants of an ancient advanced civilization that now live beneath the surface, in a hidden city within Mount Shasta.

Virgil Larson’s Bigfoot Encounter

In 1976, the Mount Shasta Herald published the curious account of Virgil Larson, a logger from Salmon, Idaho. He worked for a logging operation at Mount Shasta, and his story would later become one of the area’s more popular Bigfoot sightings.

One day, at about 8:30 AM, he and a friend, Pat Conway, were making their way down the slopes to the log landing where they worked. It wasn’t the easiest hike, and at one point they decided to take a break.They’d also become separated by the trees, but could still hear one another.

It was during that break when Larson heard what sounded like a third person hiking down the slope. He thought, perhaps, it was a Forest Service man. But it didn’t take long for this seemingly ordinary moment to head for the strange.

Larson shouted to the man, but he didn’t respond. Instead, he seemed to walk behind a bush, and turn toward Larson. Curious, he shouted again. That’s when the creature revealed itself, lifting its head above the bushes. Larson could see it clearly, then — a tall, ghastly, dark-haired beast, something beyond human. It smelled terrible, he recalled, even from 20 yards away. Larson didn’t stick around to witness much more. He ran.

He’d later return to the scene with Pat Conway. The creature had disappeared by that time, but the stench remained. They explored the area, and estimated the creature’s size — 7 to 7 1/2 feet, Larson thought. Forest Servicemen would also later investigate the area, though they found little. Undefined footprints. Blood-smeared branches. A vague smell in the air. Nothing conclusive.

Did Virgil Larson truly meet Bigfoot that day? Or is there a more ordinary explanation for what happened? Why does that area seem to attract so much paranormal activity? Such is the mystery of Mount Shasta.

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About the Author

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.

  • ww_blanka

    And what would a mundane explanation be? Some one in a monkey suit? Get out of here.

    • Eva R

      Got monkey suit? xx

  • Vassago Gamori

    If ever indisputable verified carcass they’ll probably just be calling them North American Mountain Gorillas…

  • fandango warrior

    Decent article but weak examples in both number of and personal experience.If you’re doing a story about mt Shasta being a bigfoot hotspot then you need to show us enough encounter stories to validate that claim.1 lame story of 2 loggers seeing one with no evidence and a dateless extremely vague stôry about bigfoot giving a crystal away to a guy.These are lame and vague examples.

    • Rob

      Hey, fair enough. Sometimes an article kind of misfires.

    • phishy

      I’d imagine the smell of the one giving birth was… unique. The smell does seem to be a recurring event with the various N. American hominid sightings. It even earned one local Bigfoot the moniker of ‘Skunk Ape’. And, IIRC, sightings of the ‘Honey Island Swamp Monster’ usually make mention of a distinctly unpleasant odor.

    • KENNY

      What I have learnt about the putrid smell is it happens when the creature comes from their reality into ours

    • phishy

      I wonder what the mechanism behind that would be.