This is from the White Mountain Independent:
Snowfall obscures trails, hikers call for help
By: Judy Hayes, The Independent
GREER - Eight inches of snow last Saturday night covered the hiking trails on Mount Baldy and caused a Phoenix couple to ask for help getting back down the mountain Sunday morning.
According to a press release from the Apache County Sheriff's Office, a male hiker and his female companion hiked up Mount Baldy on Saturday to spend the night.
"On Sunday morning, the hikers observed that the trails, which were already cluttered with deadfall and trees killed by beetles, were obscured by the snow cover," read the release. "The hikers decided that the wisest course of action was to remain at their location and call for assistance. They notified the Sheriff's Office by cell phone and were able to relate their exact location to the dispatch center."
Deputies and Sheriff's Posse members were dispatched to the scene. Several posse members rode horses up the mountain, navigating the cluttered trails to locate the hikers.
The pair had camped at the junction of the east and west Mount Baldy trails, making it easy for searchers to find them. After several hours, the pair was returned to safety.
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