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Missing woman found safe after overnight hike in the Columbia Gorge

MCSO Search and Rescue responds to the Angel's Rest Trailhead on reports of a missing woman - KATU photo by Keaton Thomas

A hiker was found safe Sunday morning after she was separated from her group during an overnight hike at Angel's Rest in the Columbia River Gorge.

Search and rescue teams were called out Sunday morning after getting reports that a 19-year-old went missing near the Angel's Rest Trailhead.

Her group was on the trail when about 11 p.m. she lost the rest of her party.

She managed to call the group members early Sunday morning, but her phone's battery died a short time later.

A man called in just before 11 a.m. to report that he'd found the missing hiker. They walked back out to the trailhead together.

She was cold and wet, and didn't have the proper clothing, food, or water for an overnight stay.

From the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office:

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office would like to remind all those hiking in the gorge to always be prepared. Ensure you have proper clothing, food and water, and plan to carry enough resources to sustain you for longer than you anticipate hiking.

Make friends or family aware of your route, and when you expect to return from your hike. Should you become lost, immediately contact 911 and stay in place until rescue crews can get to you. Remember that cell phone battery life can fade quickly, so save as much battery resource as possible to communicate with search and rescue crews.

The Columbia River Gorge is a beautiful wilderness area which can quickly become dangerous for those who are not prepared. Please hike safely!

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