Report Indexes : by Event Date | by Location | by Shape | by Posting Date

National UFO Reporting Center
Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/4/2003 14:00 (Entered as : 07/04/03 14:00)
Reported: 7/7/2003 1:44:43 AM 01:44
Posted: 7/16/2003
Location: Tioga Pass, CA
Shape: Oval
Duration:One minute
Tilted oval reflective object sighted in the distance above a mountain ridge in the Eastern Sierra, near Tioga Pass, CA.

I sighted this object during a daytime hike in the Sierra Nevada, on a trail above Saddlebag Lake, just east of Tioga Pass and west of the town of Lee Vining, CA. I was standing on the trail, waiting for my husband. Looking to the southeast, I saw what appeared to be an oval object, placed at an angle, and appearing to leave a short trail behind it. However, it was not moving at all. It is possible that there was no trail, but rather that the object was larger than I thought at first. The object was an odd color - sort of a dirty brown. It occurred to me that it could be reflecting the landscape below it. I watched the object for nearly a minute, and it seemed odd to me that it was not moving. But I had the impression it was fairly distant. I glanced away only for an instant, and when I looked back, it was gone - no trail, nothing. I told my husband about it while I was watching it, but by the time he turned around to look it had gone.

This was the second strange sighting for me in three days. And I have never reported a UFO sighting in my life. Possibly because the objects had certain similarities, yet were sighted in two quite far-flung spots in California, I felt compelled to report them. Both objects were sighted in daylight, hung over mountain ridges, and seemed to be reflective. I would be very interested in whether anyone has reported similar objects during this timeframe.