Oct. 19, 2010-
Four hikers were rescued the same day last Friday in the Flagstaff area after a Search and Rescue Unit responded to two incidents, the Coconino County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday.
The first call came in at 4:45 p.m. after two hikers reported they had lost the trail and had become disoriented. They started out at the Kachina Trailhead at Snowbowl and hiked their way toward the Weatherford Trail. The pair contacted 911 after they lost the trail on their return to the trailhead.
Search and Rescue volunteers were able to locate both hikers in good condition near First Gully and assisted them back to the trailhead.
According to a sheriff's press release, the second pair of hikers called 911 around 8 p.m. after they also could not find their way back to the trailhead and became disoriented.
Those hikers started out at Aspen Pike on Snowbowl Road. A deputy sheriff on Hart Prairie Road was patrolling the area when he used his siren and emergency lights to catch the hikers' attention. The hikers were then assisted by the deputy and Search and Rescue personnel to their vehicle on Snowbowl Road.
The Search and Rescue Unit urges hikers to be prepared for changing conditions, adding that there are areas in northern Arizona that do not have cellphone coverage. They recommend that hikers let someone know where they are going and what they will be doing so a search can be conducted if they do not return.
Question #1: Where is "Aspen Pike" on Snowbowl Road?
Question #2: How the pumpkin do you "lose" the Kachina Trail short of having a vision disability or a pretty good substance-abuse problem? Either way, hike downhill until you hit the Freidlein Prairie road. That trail is like pumpkin I-17!! This is not a situation that should require an emergency call.