There is no doubt that the 40+ years since the famous Patterson Sasquatch film was taken has seen some changes to the site. Most of the changes, however, are superficial, involving the vegetation changing, rather that the actual “lay” of the land. This “lay” of the land has not changed. The canyon walls are still where they were, the creek bed meanders across the sand bar, changing from year to year in its endless fractal wandering. The dimensions are still the same, and can be recognized. Many people are embracing a site that is much smaller than what is seen in the film. For some reason, the belief is that the camera itself was projecting a much larger image than the actual site was. I adamantly disagree. What is seen in the film, is still very much there and recognizable. Here is an aerial view, that is, a view from the bluffs above the film site. Click on the image to enlarge.
As you can see, the area is quite sizable. Nothing has shrunken about this mysterious place. It is still there. For a perspective, look at the upper end of the red arrow. A man is standing there. His figure is minuscule compared to the rest of the site. Here’s another view of the site, taken in the early 1970’s. Click on the image to enlarge.
This is the view from down stream. As you can see, the “lay” of the land has changed little.
Here is a view from upstream of the site. Click to enlarge.
The Patterson Film site has never been lost. It has been visited regularly through the years by individuals who know positively where it is. One of the main reason’s for people thinking that it is lost is that Bigfoot researchers are constantly coming and going. The Bigfoot community, if that be what it should be called, is one very large edition of a debutante’s ball. If this filmsite were to be confirmed today, then tomorrows bigfooters would consider it lost again, and embark upon a rediscovery project all over again. This is unfortunate indeed, for in all other pursuits for edification, the debutante’s build upon the knowlege of those that were before them. The Bigfoot Debutantes start over and over again with a clean slate, without anchoring their efforts in anything solid. My advice is…that if the place that you seek, does not appear to be the same dimension as the filmsite, then it most likely is not it. If my advice doesn’t mean anything to you, then go to the filmsite of your choice.