Date:August , 1998
Klamath county, OR
Nearest town: Klamath Falls
Nearest road: Forest road 3661 off Hwy 140
Time: early afternoon
Location: Forest road 3661 turns north off Highway 140 just west of turn-off to 'The Lake of the Woods'. It is 6 miles to Fourmile Lake on 3661, which ends at the campgrounds. This is where the Sky Lakes Trail starts and Squaw Lake is approx. 3 miles from this trailhead.
Description of event: In August of 1998, I hiked into the Sky Lake Wilderness to Squaw Lake to fish. Squaw Lake is located in dense alpine forest approx. southeast of the upper end of Fourmile Lake and reached by trail 3 miles from the Fourmile Lake campground. When I reached the lake, mosquitoes were so bad that I made my way to the Lake shore where an on-shore wind kept most of them away from me . At the shore I fished for awhile when the wind briefly changed direction, blowing off shore. As the wind changed I noticed a very foul smell. I remember thinking that there must be something dead in the willow thicket about 10' on the otherside of the trail from where I was standing on the lake shore. This smell was followed shortly by a sound like something hitting a tree with a large rock or branch. This was followed awhile later by what I passed off as a bird, but it was not like a sound made by a bird, more like a high pitched howling. This sound was like the screem recorded in Ohio that the BFRO has on your website and gives me chills every time I replay it. This screem was followed by the tree pounding sound again. By this time I was becoming very unnerved and had an increasingly overwhelming feeling of being watched and I did not want to find out what it was, so I gathered up my courage made my way through the mosquitoes back to the trail,returned to the trail-head and left the area.
ALSO NOTICED: Returning on the trail I noted a Pine tree with 2 fresh broken branches about 10' above the ground. The branches where still partially attached and it was right next to the trail. I had not noticed them when I passed before.
OTHER WITNESSES: one, myself while hiking, fishing
OTHER STORIES: No
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Early afternoon, clear, warm in the 80's.Thick forested area near high mountain lake
ENVIRONMENT: Dense alpine forest surounding lake. northeast of Mt. McLoughlin, southwest of upper end of Fourmile Lake.
A & G References: page 21 A6
record updated:2002-07-10 00:00:00