Hikers safe after getting lost on trail near Multnomah Falls


CORBETT, Ore. – Two hikers lost overnight above Multnomah Falls burned some of their clothing to stay warm.

Those hikers got lost after nightfall and called for help just after 7 p.m. Thursday.

Search and rescue crews say the two 20-year-old Salem women were not prepared with camping gear, emergency supplies or waterproof clothing. Lieutenant Steve Alexander said the hikers burned some of their clothes to keep warm.

Around 11:30 p.m., a Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office search team located the duo on the Wahkeena Trail. Rescuers loaned the women jackets for the 2-hour hike back to Multnomah Falls.

FROM MCSO: The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind anyone contemplating a hike or outing on trails within the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to research their route prior to setting out.

Be prepared when you depart for a hike and ensure you are carrying the proper equipment including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, fire starter, knife, first aid kit and signaling device. A GPS and a cell phone with extra battery. Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue.

If you do become lost in the woods, preserve your body heat. Don’t lie directly on the ground make a mattress of pine boughs and/or leaves. Try to find a place out of the rain and wind, but be visible. Staying in place helps searchers locate you as they are searching the area. Carry bright colored clothing you can hang on a tree to attract attention.

Let someone know your plan and when you expect to return so someone knows if you are overdue. As the winter approaches low temperatures in higher elevations can bring snow and hail. Be prepared for bad weather. The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit to the scenic areas in the Columbia Gorge and other hiking areas.


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