MT. MCLOUGHLIN, Ore. – Three separate hiking groups are safe after being rescued from Mount McLoughlin late Saturday night, and into Sunday morning. Saturday night marked the first time the Jackson County Search and Rescue team ever worked to find that many groups in a 24 hour period in one general location.
Search and Rescue crews worked overnight to rescue all nine hikers. Crews located two of the groups before sunrise, and crews guided the third group down the mountain later Sunday morning. Crews from Klamath, Siskiyou, Josephine and Jackson county all pitched in and came to the rescue.
According the Jackson County Search and Rescue, their crews were originally only called out for one set of missing hikers. While they were out there they ran into a second party who also had lost hikers, and while all of this was going on, a third group called 9-1-1 and reported themselves lost as well.
Search and Rescue crews sprawled out across the mountain whistling and using other sound sweeps to locate the hikers.
“It’s always a challenge at night on Mt. McLoughlin. It’s such a big hill and you know we just have to strategically plan and it made it even more difficult when we had multiple groups,” said Sgt. Shawn Richards.
Search and Rescue said the hikers were cold, but none of them suffered significant injuries.
NewsWatch 12 spoke with one of the lost hikers after she took a nap and ate a warm meal. She did not want to talk on camera or reveal her identity, but she said she was glad to be alive and safe. She also thanked search and rescue crews for doing a fantastic job and finding them so quickly.