Talia Hernandez hiked along a scenic trail in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, next to Mount St. Helens, when she met a legend of lore. Batsquatch stared right at her and with keen interest in her little dog.
Batsquatch Returns To Ape Canyon
Hernandez, age 24, visited Mount St. Helens with her boyfriend, Drew Knudsen, age 25, both of Kirkland. The couple had just graduated from the University of Washington (June 2021). This camping trip was a celebration of that major life event. Their last celebration in Washington before the couple moved to Chicago for new jobs.
That’s when a cryptid got in the way of their good time.
“I nearly fainted when this big hairy winged thing landed on the trail,” Hernandez said. “I heard this deep beating sound and then it landed right in front of me. Daisy (her Pomeranian) went insane barking at it.”
Hernandez hiked along Ape Canyon Trail in Gifford Pinchot National Forest at dawn when the cryptid appeared. She described the monster as 7-feet tall with blue fur, skin-like wings and a wolf’s face. The beast took one look at Hernandez and her dog and grunted. It peered at the pooch and cocked its head. Hernandez yelled “Shoo! Get away!” to protect her dog. Luckily, she was able to get a picture before it flew off.
“That thing could have knocked me down easily,” she said, “and taken Daisy for breakfast.”
But it’s not only Batsquatch emerging from the Cascade Mountains. Monsters and cryptids alike have become more visible. Just yesterday, a kraken attacked a pier near Des Moines. Before that, a monster hunter found evidence of werewolves. Something is triggering shy creatures like Batsquatch to come out of hiding. Experts don’t know what that it is yet. They speculate it could be the pandemic lull in human activity, or the military experimenting in monster territory.
Meanwhile, Hernandez had another surprise when she returned to camp. “Drew made breakfast for me, but I was still too excited from seeing the monster,” she said. “I didn’t even notice the engagement ring on my plate.”
That’s 3 major life events in a month, if you count a Batsquatch encounter. She said yes, by the way. Their wedding is planned for December 2022.
More About Batsquatch & Apemen
The Buckley Incident in 1994
Batsquatch came into Washington cryptid lore after a sighting in April 1994. The witness, Brian Canfield, saw the beast near Buckley, Washington in Mount Rainier’s foot hills. The Tacoma News Tribune reported the tale in its April 24, 1994 issue. C.R. Roberts reported the story.
Read more about the first Batsquatch sighting: Legend of Batsquatch.
Ape Canyon History & Sasquatch Sightings
Per Washington Bigfoot author, Ryan, Ape Canyon may have a link to Batsquatch and other giant man-apes like Bigfoot. During the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980, witnesses reported multiple Batsquatch sightings. However, these aren’t qualified reports. After that, there were no sightings in Washington state for nearly 40 years.
In 1924, a group of miners reported an attack by Sasquatches (then called apemen) in the Ape Canyon Gorge. This event has come under scrutiny in 1983. William Halliday claimed the apemen were local teenagers throwing rocks down the gorge without knowing the miners were there. The miners would then mistakenly think the dark figures were apemen.
Monsters on the Web will continue to follow this Batsquatch report and monitor for future sightings.
Last Updated on June 23, 2021 by Jacob Rice