Second SAR mission of holiday weekend: Injured hiker, 52, rescued July 4 near Hood River


In addition to the July 3 search-and-rescue detailed in our previous press release, on the following day (Saturday, July 4), the Clackamas County Search & Rescue Team assisted with the rescue of a 52-year-old injured hiker.

Subject Kimberly Whipkey was hiking east of Upper Twin Lakes with her husband on July 4 when she hurt her knee.

The pair reached out to authorities for help.

U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement officer requested assistance from Clackamas County SAR. The CCSO Search and Rescue Ground Team, Pacific NW Search and Rescue (PNWSAR), and Mountain Wave responded.

Rescuers located the injured female hiker about 3 miles out on the Barlow Trail. After a medical assessment, it was determined she would need assistance getting out.

PNWSAR rescuers took over medical care for Whipkey and transported her back to the trailhead in a wheeled Stokes basket, with help from the CCSO Ground Team.

Upon reaching the trailhead, Kimberly Whipkey was released to her husband, who drove her home at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 5.

A total of 20 search-and-rescue volunteers participated in the rescue. Mountain Wave provided a critical role by maintaining communications with search teams during the rescue.

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EARLIER: Missing hiker, 72, rescued July 3 near Trillium Lake

Sgt. Marcus Mendoza
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Public Information Unit