These are photos of some of the things I have found in the forests of Idaho....Oregon....California....Utah....and Washington over the past few years and I have no idea who made them or even HOW THEY WERE MADE. Some of these structures are made with giant tree trunks that are probably over 1000 pounds each and they are in parts of the forest miles away from roads where there’s no way any machinery could’ve been used. I can’t even see how 20 people using ropes and pulleys could have even made these things.! I’ve also found impressions in these areas that look like giant bare human feet. Are they just some animal tracks that look like human feet because of the way the tracks are left or because of rain or wind or something like that? I am at a loss. [Giant Tree Structures][Human Shaped Track][Huge Trees Stuffed][Oddly PLACED 60ft Trees][Track][1]

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    Looks like typical blowdown to me. Big tracks are human footprints after some thawing.
    – Jon Custer
    Jul 10, 2020 at 12:58
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    That last photo is clearly from footwear like Vibram Fivefingers or similar toe shoes us.vibram.com/shop/fivefingers There's plenty of wonder to be found in nature without looking for bigfoot ;-)
    – renesis
    Jul 11, 2020 at 14:10
  • those trees just fell, no one arranged them that way
    – njzk2
    Jul 12, 2020 at 21:04

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The structures you are seeing are not structures at all - they are the result of either deadfall (see last definition) or blow-down/windthrow, where trees (or large branches) that have died have then fallen over, either due to wind events or snow fall. These trees topple onto other trees, stripping them of bark and pushing them down and out of the canopy so that they struggle to compete for light, and thereby increasing the risk of those trees dying too.

The footprints in the snow are the result of melting - this makes the prints much larger than you might otherwise expect (check out where birds have been hopping in your yard next time you have a snowfall). The last two photos of footprints in sand are (the same photo twice) but also definitely man-made. Based on the size of the pine-needles next to them (assuming Pinus ponderosa (most common species in the USA), the needles are 4.7–8.1 in (120–205 mm)) - which makes the foot print somewhere between ~7" (180 mm) and 16" (410 mm) - the average male US foot print (bare foot) is 270 mm/10.6" in length (female 245 mm/9.6"). I haven't found any official dimensions for average shoe size in the US, but it is estimated to be 10.5 (10.75"/273 mm)*, so the prints in the photo are a fairly good estimate in size for an approximately average foot wearing a shoe.

In addition, if you look at the print, you can also see the impression of the sole of the shoe, with a line extending from the mid-foot up to between the little-toe and the the 4th one, and some arch and heel lines that are comparable to these found here, making it likely that these are from a Vibram five-fingers shoe or some very similar brand.

* For what it's worth - my size 10.5 Nike Air Pegasus are ~300 mm/11.8"

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