Lost hiker at Multnomah Falls found and down safe
MULTNOMAH COUNTY, Ore. -- A hiker made it out of Mulltnomah Falls after she got lost on the trail late Tuesday night.
Multnomah County sheriff's deputies say Tristen Ross was hiking in the area of Larch Mountain that afternoon. She'd started up earlier in the afternoon and was making her way back down the trails when she made a wrong turn. Ross then called 911 at about 9 p.m.
Search and rescue crews were able to make cell phone contact with her and pinged that phone in order to narrow down her location. Deputies reached her just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning and Ross walked out under her own power. She was not hurt.
The sheriff's office wants to remind anyone planning to hike in the Columbia Gorge and other scenic areas to carry the right equipment, including a map, compass, flashlight, extra food and water, extra clothing, a knife, a first aid kit, a GPS and a cellphone with extra battery.
Research your route before you go and stay on the trails. If you get lost and call for help, stay where you are because it helps searchers trying to find you. Hike with a friend and let someone know your plan so someone can call for help if you are overdue.