Crews have been searching Olympic National Park today for a solo hiker who was reported overdue two days ago.
According to a news release from the park:
David Snidder, 55 years old, of Union, Mason County, is thought to have planned to hike Monday along the Irely Lake Loop Trail.
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Snidder’s vehicle was found Wednesday at the North Fork Campground. Snidder is described as a capable hiker with experience in mountainous and snowy terrain.
A “hasty” search began Wednesday. Eight searchers from Olympic National Park continued the search Thursday with the aid of a helicopter.
About 16 ground searchers, including eight technical-rescue team members from Olympic Mountain Rescue, a German shepherd with its handler and a helicopter were involved in the search Friday.
The search focused on area between Irely Lake and Reflection Lake, which is steep and rugged terrain.