COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE — Early Friday morning, search and rescue teams located a 29-year-old man lost hiking in the Columbia River Gorge.
The man, from Florida but working in Portland, was hiking the Rock of the Ages trail about four miles above Horsetail Falls when he got lost and called for help around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Rescuers said they lost contact with him at about 5 p.m. when his cellphone died.
Due to the wet weather this year, parts of the trail have been washed away and several trees have been blown onto the trail. Crews said that’s making the search more difficult. Multnomah County Sheriff’s deputies said there’s snow in the area the man got lost.
Mountain Wave Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office SAR went back up the trail at about 8 p.m. in heavy rain to continue the search. They tweeted around 3 a.m. the hiker was safely located, and is doing well.
Deputies said the man was an experienced hiker but even with his expertise, some people can get into trouble.
“Treacherous trails are difficult for us to get up as well,” said Lt. Chad Guidos, with the sheriff’s office. “We’re moving uphill, there is some snow and ice along the trail and it’s imperative our crews are careful as they navigate the trail, as well.”