The pair did not check the weather report before hiking in the Denny Creek area and got stuck in new snow, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Two hikers were stranded in 6 feet of new snow off Interstate 90 near Denny Creek, just west of Snoqualmie Pass, overnight Monday before rescuers found them and guided them to safety Tuesday evening.
The hikers, a 26-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, were on a camping expedition about 4 miles up on the Melakwa Lake trail when new snow trapped them. They called 911 at 10:37 a.m. Tuesday, saying they were cold and wet, and rescuers found them hours later, sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West said.
The pair’s sole working cellphone was low on battery power throughout the day, West said, so authorities used their talking minutes sparingly. But by 5:15 p.m., a search-and-rescue crew had successfully located the pair and guided them down a trail to safety.
The sheriff’s Search & Rescue team drove snowmobiles as close as they possibly could, then used snowshoes to hike the rest of the way into where the man and woman were trapped, she said.
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The rescuers took dry clothes, food and two extra pairs of snowshoes with them in hopes the hikers could walk back to the snowmobiles, West said.
“They were in good spirits,” she said. “They were warm, well-dressed and just waiting for people to come and help them down.”
The hikers were properly equipped for camping but didn’t have snow shoes, she said, which would have made the trek down nearly impossible. They also did not check weather reports before they set out, West said.
“They were smart to call 911,” she said.