TUMALO, OR -- Three men were rescued Saturday night, after they got lost while snow biking, near Bridge Creek Trail. Joe Treinen, of Bend, called 911 at 4:30 p.m. to report they were lost somewhere below Trail 8, and provided a photo of a map, saying they would try to ride out.
After an hour, he called back to report they'd gone less than 300 yards in the difficult terrain and deep snow, and their phone batteries were getting low. After another hour of trying to get out, it was determined they would stay in place and await rescue. Treinen, Brian Leahy, also of Bend, and Brandon Steele, of Redmond, made a snow cave (pictured) to get out of the elements, but did not have any way to start a fire.
Nearly a dozen Deschutes County Search and Rescue volunteers snowmobiled into the area, arriving to the trio at about 1 a.m. They were provided snowshoes and walked with SAR back to the trail where they were given a ride back to the sno park, reuniting with friends and family at about 4 a.m.