On June 15th, experienced hiker David Ura and his dog Kingsley traveled from their home in Medford, Oregon and were dropped off by his daughter at the Ides Cove Trailhead in Tehama, planning to make the 70-mile trek on the Bigfoot Trail.
When David was a week late for his rendezvous with his family, search parties went looking for him. Finally, on June 29th, while searching for their missing father, his family found him and Kingsley on the side of the road near the trail.
“My heart hurts, but in a good way,” said David’s daughter Ashley May Ura to NBC5 News. “I just don’t even know how to explain it, it’s just so wonderful to have my dad and my dog back.”
David had packed only a week’s worth of supplies and was rehydrating and eating fruit to regain his strength. He was in the wilderness for two weeks.
It appears that 64-year-old David got lost on the trail early in the hike and was searching for roads for three days. The Bigfoot Trail is more of a concept than an actual trail. It’s a long and remote trek through the Klamath Mountains, with its unofficial namesake due to the Bigfoot sightings in the area.
After David was late to meet his family, they took to social media to get the word out for people to help find their father, even setting up a GoFundMe account that raised $3,000 to aid the search. Tehama County Sheriffs had sent out a helicopter searching for David, but was unable to locate him.
And of course, Kingsley is healthy and in good spirits. “He just wants to stay by my dad’s side,” Ashley said.
Northern California’s Outdoor Digital Newsmagazine