Here's the image from City Creek, near the Utah State Capitol building.
Bigfoot Sighting In City Creek Canyon, Looking Toward Utah State Capitol, 2011
Here's the sighting report from 1992:
Date: December 07, 1992
Salt Lake county, UT
Nearest town: SLC
Nearest road: City Creek Canyon
Time: mid morning
Location: A mile northeast of UT State capital building
Description of event:
I was at lunch at my new job in Salt Lake City, Utah. When I saw something crawling through the underbrush on hill across from me. I at first thought how cool, I'm new to Utah. And my first thought was it was a wild animal, a bear. But the animal I saw came out of the underbrush and stood-up. Without any misstep it walked upright at an angle up the hill, which at my best guess would be about a 45 deg. angle. With app. 12 in. of snow - there was no slipping, no struggling and with no effort the animal walked up the hill to a cave like opening. It ducked it's head and walked in.
At At that point two of my co-workers walked up and I said look at that what is it? They definitely saw the animal that I was looking at and said "That must be a survey guy". I said,"Well where is his orange vest they always wear?" They said, "I don't know...must be something" and walked away. Surprised that they acted like it was nothing I continued to watch as the animal walked out of the opening a little down hill, then suddenly it stopped and it looked right up at me and with a sharp jerk down motion of it's head it walked quickly up the hill to a small rock-outcropping and ducked out of view. I stood there for a few minutes then, concerned about the jeopardy of my new job I quickly went back to work.
Yesterday we had between 12-18 inches of new heavy snow fall here in
Salt Lake, and I have been waiting for a good blanket of snow to go and
photograph this particular location.
I have driven the
'loop' that is the City Creek Canyon road nearly a dozen times by now
trying to figure out where exactly this sighting location was. I have
been unable to find any 'cave-like' openings, but the rest of the
description of the canyon is 100% accurate. I have photographed this
canyon from the north side about 2 months ago, but there wasn't much
snow and I wasn't satisfied with the angle, so I re-scouted the canyon
and decided to bushwhack along the eastern side of the canyon.
had tried to locate a way to come at it from above and avoid hiking up
from the road below. I ended up parking my vehicle at the UDOT facility
where they store and load road-salt, and started hiking up around
10:30am yesterday morning.
The snow was heavy and it was easy to see where the deer had been earlier in the day.
zig-zagged up a gentle slope and got up to where the steepness
increased dramatically before cutting back around and ending up just
below several residential homes. The land was quite steep and it was
difficult to maintain my footing without slipping down. Several times I
had to resort to using my hands and getting down on all fours on
occasion. Although very tiring, it proved to be the most efficient way
of getting around on this particular hillside with the loose deep snow.
set up the camera, my new 8x10 Canham (shooting with the 4x10 back),
and made a shot looking down a small draw at some of the underbrush. I
could see across the canyon and this particular image showed the
steepness of the terrain, a bit of the foliage and the other side of the
canyon and how narrow it is.
After catching my breath
and making one shot (the film costs about $2.50/sheet), I continued to
hike across several small draws slowly gaining elevation as I could only
approach it in a gentle angle due to the steepness of the hill and the
depth of the snow.
I finally reached a crest where
there is a small knob just to the side of a line of power-poles coming
down the canyon. I liked that angle but wanted to gain some more
elevation, so I bushwhacked a few more zig-zags and got up onto the next
flat level of terrain, this time being at the base of the next set of
powerpoles and next to a large conglomerate rock measuring about 12 feet
across and about 7 feet tall.
I went over to the edge
of the hill and still wasn't satisfied so I hiked again up and across
another set of steep inclines up to where I had a clearing that I could
set up. I didn't like that angle so hiked back down (slid quite a bit
actually), and went back to the second location by the boulder. I made a
shot there, went back down to the knob, made a shot there and by then I
was pretty much tired out. It was sunny, about 34 deg. f. and I was
working quite a sweat. My gloves were soaked and my outer shell was
also very wet. I was dry, my feet were warm and it was an otherwise
very pleasant hike, but I was getting tired and it was after lunch by
I packed up and decided to just head
straight downhill to the road then walk the road back up to my car. As I
was gingerly stepping down the 45% slope, I slipped on the long slick
grass and mud that covers all of the hills there, and landed squarely on
my behind. I had my tripod in one hand and my other hand out for
balance as the snow gave way and started to slide. I knew I wouldn't go
far, and I had a pretty good idea that I wasn't going to end up in any
kind of a major avalanche, but as the speed increased and I looked to my
sides and saw the whole hillside of snow moving along with me, I got
kind of nervous. As I looked downhill to see what I was going to end up
sliding into, I saw that I would just end up being pushed into a stand
of underbrush and might get scraped up a little bit. I stopped
immediately before heading into the trees, with my feet propped up
against some of them.
I looked around, chuckled quite a
bit and grabbed my tripod, which by this point I had let go of, but
slid down the hill next to me carried by the snow.
looked up the hill and I had created a much larger snow-slide than I
thought I would have. It was triangular in shape and was nearly 75
yards from top to bottom. I was impressed, as the snow was nearly a
foot deep and created quite a sight.
I scrambled around
the brush to the next little hill and did the same thing again, only
this slide was not nearly as long nor as impressive. It was still
pretty fun though. I ended up walking up the road to the car and it was
just after 2pm when I checked the clock.
these details only to impress upon the reader the circumstances
regarding the original creature sighting report related above. These
hillsides are indeed as steep as the original author asserts. The
hillsides are indeed covered with large stands of brush with tall
grasses between them. There is not much mud or dirt to gain a strong
foot hold in and the grass, once it has been pushed down by the winter
snows are extremely slippery and difficult to traverse the terrain on.
In fact, in the two separate trips I made to photograph, the trip there
yesterday was much easier to get around because of the deep snow and the
ability to gain a foothold on the terrain.
notwithstanding, I was carrying about 20 lbs of camera gear and was
wearing big hiking boots (Sorels), had 3-4 layers of clothes on and am
in generally good shape, running an average of 2-3 miles about 3-4 times
a week. I am also used to moving about on various terrain in all types
I could not move around as the original
author relates what he observed this creature doing. Even without my
pack it was laborious and difficult at best to get up the steepest parts
of the canyon. For a creature to walk upright without showing too much
effort is indeed impressive. For a creature to show any kind of speed
in these conditions and terrain would be very exciting to
observe...especially having traversed the exact same location in
reportedly very similar conditions.
It will take some
time for the film to be processed and any prints to be made. They will
be included here when they are finished.