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Three Pacific Crest Hikers Found Safe

BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Search and Rescue volunteers located three hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail Friday, who had called the PCT Association the day before to say they had lost the trail. Previous Attempts to contact them by phone were unsuccessful, largely due to poor reception in the area.


Two volunteers returned to the area on horse back and located the trio Friday morning about nine miles south of the Elk Lake Resort. The three women from Spokane, WA, were unaware their call had triggered a search effort, and all were found in good condition.
The sheriff's office reminds everyone that all calls for help are taken seriously. 






BEND, OR -- Search and Rescue volunteers are back out at the Pacific Crest Trail today, looking for three hikers reported lost on Thursday. The group left a voice mail message with the Pacific Crest Trail Association saying they had lost the trail near Lilly Lake, and needed a call back. Attempts to contact them by phone have been unsuccessful, possibly due to poor cell coverage in the area.

SAR teams from Deschutes and Lane County scouted the Lilly Lake area Thursday, and believe the hikers reacquired the trail and continued their trek to Elk Lake. Efforts to contact the group will continue today, until their location and status can be verified. 

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