The Eye of God Is Watching You

Big Bear Lake close to The Eye of God

Hello Dear Readers,

We have another spooky Indian legend to share and even some eye witness accounts of strange happenings to go along with it, including Bigfoot and Yucca Man-type sightings.

We take you, gentle readers, to the Eye of God, a quartz dome landmark in the Baldwin Lake area of Big Bear, California. This sacred landmark is thought to be the eye of the Creator and is worshipped by the Serrano Mission Indians in the region.

The Eye of God is where the Serrano creation legend or story starts. The Serranos believe this area is sacred ground and that the Creator’s spirit is still in this place.

The Serrano People Creation Story

The Creator, Kruktat, created the Serrano Mission people also known here as the People. Unfortunately, Kruktat became quite sick and went to the mountains to heal. The People took care of Kruktat and ministered to him, taking him to Maktsuk aka Pan Hot Springs where he was bathed in the hot springs by his human nurses.  

Kruktat knew he would die. He gave the People strict instructions to cremate his body and protect him from Coyote. Coyote is legendary for eating dead things and Kruktat did not want to end up in Coyote’s belly. Kruktat then died in the area which is now called Baldwin Lake.

During the cremation ceremony, Kruktut’s eye flew out to become the snow quartz rocky hulk known as Aapahunane’t, or God’s Eye. It is believed that the white outcropping of quartz is God watching to make sure the People treat each other decently.

Unfortunately, while the People were dancing around the funeral pyre, Coyote ran up and grabbed Kruktat’s heart out of the burning heap and ran toward Baldwin Lake, up to the San Bernardino Mountains. The blood dripping from the heart turned the soil a red color which you can still see today.

People of the Pines

As the People cried over the death of Kruktat, their tears turned into pine trees. This area is now called Yuhaviat. The pine nuts became food for the People of the Pines, the Yuhaviatam.

The Serrano Indians were driven out of their Big Bear Valley homes in the 1850s. This left The Eye of God unprotected. The quartz Eye of God was originally a full dome and projected probably dozens of feet from the hillside but was dynamited in the 1940’s by greedy miners in search of gold.

Hike Up to the Eye of God

You can trek up to the Eye of God via a 1.8 mile roundtrip hike off of a trailhead on Burns Canyon Road. It is located near Baldwin Lake Ecological Preserve, a beautiful ecologically important site for plants and animals, including as a wintering site for bald eagles.

So now you know the back story behind the Legend of The Eye of God. Well, let’s hear some recent reports from our readers who discovered more than God’s watchful eye on their hike near this area.

Big Bear Lake in the San Bernardino Mountain Range

Weird Happenings Around Baldwin Lake

From Beth in Palmdale:

My boyfriend and I were hiking around the Big Bear area in the San Bernardino Mountains, close to the Eye of God but not on that trail. We saw what looked to be a large bear but then it seemed to hear us and stood up on its hind legs. This thing was maybe seven feet tall. It was so big and hairy! But not exactly like a Bigfoot that I have seen drawings of or those grainy photos. This one had shorter reddish blond hair and built more like a man, not a bear or a wolf. And he ran off on two legs.

It stared at us for a split second and then ran off, fast like a deer.

Neither one of could believe what we saw! We came home and didn’t tell anyone because no one would believe us! But we know Madam X will believe us. Tell us if anyone else has reported seeing this manimal.

We have heard of Yucca Man. Does this fit the description of Yucca Man?

It was crazy. Damn, it was a weird day.

Rim of the World Highway by Big Bear Lake

And then we have Joshua Tree Jack’s Story:

My wife and two kids were camping around the Baldwin Lake area, not far from the Eye of God. I went for an early morning hike while the family was sleeping and much to my surprise ran into a Bigfoot-like creature on the trail eating something off the plants near the trail. He was all crouched down eating berries or seeds or something.  I swear, I thought it was a bear and gave out a high-pitched girly-man scream which startled him. He gave a low rumbling sort of growl and stared at me for about three seconds then got up, turned, and ran off. I took off the opposite direction I can tell you that.

Of course, the wife and kids did not believe my story. I still get teased about it. This happened at the end of the summer in 2020 and I have no idea what I saw. It definitely wasn’t a bear but not sure it was Bigfoot either.

The hair was light colored. It was blonde or light red and maybe hung about three inches long, covered his body. His face had hair, too, and looked like part man, part ape.

I never believed that bunk about Bigfoot but now I just don’t know.

So Now What?

Okay, well, we don’t know what the Eye of God would have to do with attracting Bigfoot or Yucca Man either one, for that matter.

And it is odd that we started hearing all these Bigfoot, hairy man tales in the fall of 2020. We do not know what it all means. We even have MORE of these sightings. We only included these two which seem the more believable but we have LOTS more.

On a lighter note, there is more to the legend of Kruktat which we may cover later as we have kind of gotten mesmerized with Indian Legends of Southern California.

We hope this finds you well and happy. Please accept our apologies for not having an actual photo of The Eye of God itself but only the surrounding area. Madam X is not too thrilled that her staff did not hike to the site but as I am incapacitated with a broken leg, find myself unable to do much hiking.

And we have not revealed to Madam X that the rest of her staff is in quarantine from exposure to that-which-can-not-be-named.

As for Madam X, she is back in Nepal shopping for Tibetan singing bowls.

Substituting for Madam X,


This is a good option for walking in the desert if you need to rest and sit.

Some of the information about the Eye of God came from this website:

Take plenty of water on your trips in the desert!


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The Legend of Tahquitz Lives On – Bigfoot or Demon?

Hello Gentle Readers,

We are venturing off our usual diatribe of bizarre desert weirdness to discuss the legend of Tahquitz up on the San Jacinto Mountains. Bigfoot, Goatman or Crazy Demon? Indian legend gone haywire? You decide.

Why are we straying off our beloved desert to go up to high country? Well, it’s because we have been receiving several unsettling reports of a hairy hoofed creature spotted in the general vicinity of Tahquitz Canyon. It seems to be something of a cross between Bigfoot and Goatman. And we are always suckers for a good Indian legend. Native Americans just know how to tell a scary story.

Tahquitz Peak on San Jacinto, Legendary Home of the Evil Tahquitz Demon


Amy from Victorville writes:

We had been hiking up on San Jacinto all day and it was getting late in the day so we were coming down. But we were still pretty high up. It was getting dusk and we were hurrying down before it was dark. My partner and I stopped for a minute to rest and drink some water when we spotted what looked like a hairy stooped over Bigfoot. No lie! We were shocked as he looked at us for about ten seconds and then sprang off on goat-like hooved feet! He must have been about 50 feet away from us but we know what we saw.

This creature was hairy and would have been about six feet tall if he had stood up straight but he was all stooped over like he was old maybe or had a deformity of his spine. I don’t know. It was weird and strange. He was making a low, guttural noise. It didn’t sound like he was happy to see us at all. I don’t know what we would have done if he had come toward us.

We hot footed it out of there after that and have not been back. Has anyone else seen this creature?


My brother and I were hiking on Mount San Jacinto in the early fall, 2020. We were trying to escape the pandemic and get some sanity by being back in nature. We were about two hours in the hike when we saw what appeared to be a bear about twenty yards away from us. So naturally, we were quite alarmed and started backing off.

It suddenly straightened up (sort of). He looked right at us with these beady red glowing eyes, making a loud, rough growling sound. It was still rather hunched over and not perfectly straight but it was big! Scared us you know what! We high tailed it back down the mountain. I don’t know what it was but it wasn’t a bear and it wasn’t human. It was pure evil.

We won’t go back without pepper spray or a gun, scared us to death. I have hiked for thirty years and never saw anything like that in my life.


What is it about an Indian legend that we love? According to the local legends of the Cahuilla, Kumeyaay, and Luiseno Native Americans of Southern California, Tahquitz is a spirit who makes his home on Mount San Jacinto. The legends vary somewhat but all seem to focus on the fact that Tahquitz is a bad spirit indeed, evil even. Most stories paint him as a devil or spirit of death who steals people and possibly even their souls. It is said that he even eats his victims up there on the mountain.

You might find Tahquitz in the form of a meteor or lightning bolt if you venture up San Jacinto. He can also be seen as a green fireball on the mountain at times.

Tahquitz Canyon is on the Aqua Caliente Reservation. It is an important area to the native people so be respectful if you go there.

Here is the Cahuilla Version of Tahquitz

Mukat, the Creator, formed Tahquitz to be the first shaman. As we know, shamans are the equivalent of physicians and healers in Indian tribes. As the main shaman, Tahquitz was to use his power for good and not evil. Tahquitz was the guardian spirit of all shamans, mentor if you will to ALL shamans, and his job was to give similar power to the Native American tribal shamans to do good and to heal.

However, Tahquitz started using this power for evil, even harming the people that he was supposed to help and protect. Naturally, the Cahuilla people were mad about this and so banished him to a canyon now called Tahquitz Canyon. Tahquitz climbed high up the San Jacinto Mountains and found a cave to live in, high up on a rock face that is now known as Tahquitz Peak.

His spirit still can be found in the canyon, sometimes as a streaking green fireball or as lightning bolts across the sky. He can be heard deep inside the San Jacinto Mountains, rumbling and vibrating, causing rock slides, and all manner of destruction.

If you are brave enough to hike the Canyon, go to the Cahuilla website and look for the details on hiking Tahquitz Canyon. It is on the reservation and you will need to pay a fee and have permission to hike there.

Well, we don’t quite know what to say about Bob and Amy’s encounter, if this was from the Indian legend Tahquitz himself, or just some hairy misfit, living out his pandemic days on the mountain.

What is your take on this? Let us know what you think and if you have seen similar stuff.

As Always Filling in for Madam X,


Oh Please. Don’t Make Me Call the Flying Monkeys …

Dear Reader,

The good news is that Madam X has stopped short her Himalayan vacation, come out of retirement, and is back in the Heart of the Mojave to help unravel a cryptid mystery that has entangled us so far this spring.


Don’t Make Me Call the Flying Monkeys

Yes, dear reader, that is an exact quote from Madam X when we finally reached her via satellite phone in Tibet.

Did we say CRYPTID?


There have been a recent absolute spate of crazy eye witness reports, even a corner out of the eye witness report, and two terribly loud and audible sound reports of Bigfoot in Arizona.

Here at Desert X Files, we do not get much call for the Bigfoot sightings.

Yes, yes, of course there is the Yucca Man thing over there in Joshua Tree National Park and that vicinity. Is that even real, Madam X muses, having spent considerable time as a youth in the area and NEVER ONCE spotted anything even remotely resembling a man with shaggy fur/plant hair.

Then there is CEMENT MAN over in the Anza Borrego region.  We have never met EVEN ONE PERSON who claims to have seen Cement Man.  If he exists – and in Madam X’s opinion that is a big  fat IF – then he is probably not a Bigfoot but another type of humanoid cryptid. Maybe something related to GOATMAN of La Paz Valley.


Reports of hairy upright creatures started coming in during January of 2018. We were swamped and unable to get to all the emails and phone calls.

Below are the most credible reports. And by credible we mean that the witnesses do not have a police record, have no history of drinking and drugs, not given to conspiracy theories, and seem relatively stable.

Sorry, but its US, the staff. We can only report on the most believable of these sightings after all. Names below are all changed to protect the witnesses.



Mr. Ronaldo Weebs of Phoenix was staying in a hotel in Flagstaff with his wife, drinking coffee at dawn, as is his usual routine. Mrs. Weebs was getting ready in the bathroom to go to breakfast in the lobby and then to a meeting in the hotel at 9:00 am. Mr. Weebs is retired and in no hurry for anything, just sitting enjoying his coffee.

He heard a noise outside and looked around to the side  and caught sight of something BIG, BROWN, AND HAIRY.  Incredibly enough, he recognized it as a Bigfoot, just like in cartoons and movies.

Prior to this moment, Mr. Weebs had not thought about Bigfoot one way or the other. He gave it no thought whether it was true or false, hoaxed or unhoaxed.

Flabbergasted, he yelled for Mrs. Weebs who ran out from the bathroom to see what was the matter. Unfortunately, this spooked the Bigfoot and he hastily beat a retreat around the side of the hotel into the wooded area beyond the hotel.

Mr. Weebs did go out later to look for hair caught on branches or other signs of BF. Scat perhaps? But found nothing and there was no snow on the ground at that time which might reveal footprints.

Mr. Weebs insists to this day that he saw a large Bigfoot behind the hotel in Flagstaff Arizona.

Who are we to call LIAR LIAR.


Mrs. Valerie Pinecroft lives with her husband, Egar, and dog, Snips, in a very nice home in a residential subdivision just outside of Cottonwood, Arizona. The area backs up to federal land, a desert oasis which then backs up to mountains. They and their neighbors experience all types of wildlife in their yard – bobcats, javalina, coyotes, skunks. It is a beautiful rural area.

Mrs. Pinecroft was taking Snips outside for an evening “call to nature.” It was 3:00 am and the motion sensor light immediately blasted on, flooding the entire back yard and part of the neighbor’s yard with light.

A deep, horrific howl immediately emanated from the neighbor’s side yard, the site of a large decorative fountain that bobcats and javalinas drink from.

PAY ATTENTION warns Madam X. The area had been dry and the fountain is a known area for having an animal presence at night.

Surely YOU SAY, this was an ELK?

Mrs. Pinecroft heard an elk perhaps. They make a large noise when rutting.

OF COURSE, OF COURSE, we did ask Mrs. Pinecroft about whether this could possibly be an elk. She flatly denied that it was an elk. It turns out Mrs. Pinecroft is a student of nature and often studies animals in the wild from a distance. She claims that she has heard elk bugling on numerous occasion and that they are never this low pitched.


We asked the usual suspects.





Nope nope nope nope.

We might discount Mrs. Pinecroft as a hysterical female, given to fanciful imaginations – IF THIS WERE THE YEAR 1895 – which it is not. Nor is Mrs. Pinecroft a drinker, heavily medicated, or even a purveyor of medical marijuana.

Mrs. Pinecroft, for all purposes, is very stable, and logical, an administrator in a local and very large nonprofit agency. Mrs. Pinecroft has never believed in UFOs, conspiracy theories, or even Bigfoot. But yet she says now that BIGFOOT is all it could be.

We would probably leave it there if only Egar had not heard and experienced the exact, same thing, and now we have …


After receiving the report of Case #2, we were digesting all of this, when we get a call one week later from Egar Pinecroft, Mrs. Pinecroft’s husband.

Same story.

Taking Snips  the dog for the nightly 3:00 am doggie doo, the motion sensor light flips on, and WOOO WOOOO HOOOWLLLLL goes out reverberating throughout the neighborhood.

Mr. Pinecroft described it “as the most God AWFUL noise I have ever heard.”

He, too, said it was no bear or deer or mountain lion, and certainly not an elk. Nothing to compare it to, he claims. Horrific howling as though it is is pain or horrified itself.

Mr. Pinecroft’s only explanation: Yavapai Bigfoot.


CASE #4 COLORADO RIVER Late March 2018

Mrs. Nelda Nobley, age 70, is walking her dog at dawn in an area along the Colorado River called the Parker Strip.  Mrs. Nobley is a winter visitor and stays in an RV park in this area every winter with her husband,  Alton.  They go back to Oregon the first of April. This is the last weekend in March and she is trying to enjoy one last glimpse of water fowl along the Colorado.

She told us excitedly that she had seen swans the the month before!

Mrs. Nobley carries binoculars with her wherever she goes.


She spots what appears to be a rather hairy, tan-colored Yeti or Bigfoot. Mrs. Nobley said it was not dark brown, like you see in the drawings of Bigfoot but a lighter tan color.

Yucca Man? Madam X somehow doubts it.

The creature appeared on the opposite shore, California, and casually walked (on two legs) to the shoreline between mobile homes and palm trees, got down on all fours, and drank like a dog out of the Colorado River.  Mrs. Nobley specifically pointed out that he did not cup his hands to drink like a human would, but drank like an animal. Yet walked upright, almost like a human.

The creature then got back up and walked back as casually as he had come.

Mrs. Nobley said that the ape-man was not as tall as  Bigfoot is portrayed as. This creature was certainly under 6 feet height.  Also his head was not oval like you see with Bigfoot but rounder. This Desert Yeti (as we have christened him) was stockier and shorter than one thinks of Bigfood, according to Mrs. Nobley.

Area similar to the area where the Desert Yeti was seen


What is it? Who can say. Part Yucca Man, part Goatman. We certainly DO NOT KNOW.

It was actually, the appearance of the Desert Yeti that brought Madam X back to these hallowed shores.

As we said, she was trekking in the Himalayans doing her own Yeti research. This was all totally unknown to us as we thought she was simply retired enjoying her twilight years by eating ghee in a yurt somewhere.

By the time we were able to get in touch with Ms. X, Case #4 had occurred.  Madam X perked up at the thought of the Desert Yeti.


Why indeed? Why don’t the witnesses shout what they saw from the tree tops?

You know why, gentle reader, if you have ever seen an anomaly of any type.

Madam X herself has suffered the humiliation of revealing her strange sightings to family and friends only to be ridiculed by those she loves best.


You may not understand what you saw or be able to process what you saw. We may not either. Maybe not even (gasp) Madam X!

We can not promise you closure. Or anything really …

Except that we will believe and we will try to share your story as space permits.

If you have seen a Desert Yeti, Bigfoot, or any type of cryptid recently, think about sharing with us at this email address:

madamxfiles AT gmail DOT com

All information remains confidential. If we use your story, your name will never be released. We will change all identifying characteristics.  We will NEVER give out your address as some more unscrupulous investigators have.

THANK YOU to all our many readers who have an interest in the bizarre and unusual.


Madam X

and her faithful assistant, Usuri Moray

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