Marion county, OR
Nearest town: Detroit, Oregon
Nearest road: Forest Roads From Estakada
Location: North side of Pansy Lake on overgrown access road, East side of outlet creek.
Description of event: I was camping by myself at Pansy Lake, just South of the Clackamas/Marion county line in and had an encounter. My tent was pitched on an old access road that had grown over but would be an easy route for wildlife. Also, nearby is an abandoned copper mine cave.
I noticed that creature sounds were not normal as I went to sleep. I woke up about 1:00 am and could sense that something was nearby. I made no noise and listened intently. After a few minutes I heard a significant branch break. I knew a sizable creature made that noise! I am blind without my glasses but found my mag light and panned it back and forth in the direction of the noise. After 10 or 20 seconds of this, I heard chest beating like a mountain grouse but knew better. I kept up the panning because I did not want to show weakness. Then I got deep-lung, ape like sounds which I cannot describe or attribute to any animal I know of. It was obviously not happy with the light! I kept up the panning and finally the thing took off down a small canyon on the downhill side of the road and up the other side making lots of noise going through the brush. When it got to the other side, I panned over there too and got the ape like sounds again.
I stayed up the rest of the night and nothing else happened. I had gone on many hikes and was never scared like this. That was my last hike.
A side note is, vehicles were being habitually vandalized at the trailhead at about this time. Could be humans or possibly the creature. Also, the creature was going in the direction of the abandoned copper cave.
record updated:2015-03-14 01:41:22