MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. — It took search crews several hours to rescue three hikers who lost their way near Oneonta Falls Saturday
According to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Leah Freeman, Kyra Jorgensen and Andrew Scott climbed up “elevator shaft” in the Gorge around 3 p.m. Saturday.
They planned on heading to Cougar Rock, but stayed too late and on their way back down, took the wrong trail. Joregensen twisted her ankle on the way down after she tripped and fell while navigating the steep terrain.
Search and Rescue coordinators believe the teens wandered down a game trail and into the woods.
The group had cell phone service which allowed Jorgensen to call her mom and tell her they had gotten lost. Her mother, in turn, called 911.
After finding their car, rescuers were able to get a ping off one of their cell phones. The hikers were located off Trail 400 with the help of a Hood River County Search and Rescue helicopter several hours later.
“The fact that we had cell service was imperative I think. I don’t know what we would have done if we didn’t have it,” Freeman said after being escorted down.
“We had a hammock that we kind of laid out and we brought some extra jackets — we were prepared,” Scott added. “I would definitely say be prepared. Like we showed everyone, you know, you might spend the night so I think having the proper equipment to do that — extra clothes — extra sleeping arrangements even if it’s uncomfortable. It’s a way you can get through.”