The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is pleased to announce that two lost teenage hikers were located Sunday morning (Nov. 9, 2014) on Mt. Hood after an extensive search that started Saturday night (Nov. 8).
The Sheriff's Office learned that the two teenage hikers began their hike at the entrance to the Top Spur trailhead, which is located in a very desolate area off E. Lolo Pass Road in Rhododendron.
The teenagers hiked to the Snow Dragon Ice Caves on the Sandy Glacier when one teen lost his backpack down an embankment.
This teen hiked down to get the pack and became separated from his friend.
Both teenagers were equipped with working cell phones, some food and little water.
Hood River Search and Rescue's airplane was deployed to search the area, locating one of the missing teens. Through a search efforts including personnel from Mountain Wave Emergency Communications, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue, AMR's Reach and Treat (RAT) Team) Portland Mountain Rescue, Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue (PNWSAR), Hood River Search and Rescue, and North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue (NORSAR), the teen was located and rescued, suffering from only mild exposure from the elements.
SAR teams then learned there was a second missing teenager after rescuing the first; searchers had been unaware the two teens had arrived as a pair and became separated. The second teen was located walking the trail, towards the hikers' vehicle.
Both teenagers are from the Tigard area, and their names are not being released at this time.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office would like to remind hikers to always carry sufficient food, water and clothing when going for an extended hike. It's always good to have a fully charged cell phone and, if available, a second battery, as some cellphone apps and GPS functions can rapidly drain a battery. Also, always let someone know where you are hiking and what time you plan to be back.
Deputy Mark Nikolai
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office