Search and rescue crews have found a 71-year-old hiker reported missing in the Columbia River Gorge alive, officials said Monday morning.
The hiker, identified as Joseph Dean, had been expected to return on Saturday. KGW reports that Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Search and Rescue teams had been looking near the Horsetail Falls trail system.
Dean was evaluated by paramedics and reunited with his family. He was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation.
Officials said he sent his wife a text message Saturday saying that he was lost somewhere on the Rock of the Ages Trail.
The Rock of Ages Trail is popular, but currently it is an unmaintained trail that has been closed since the Eagle Creek fire in 2017. It is rated as a “difficult” hike because of its steep, rocky terrain.
Sixteen search and rescue volunteers went out looking for Dean at around 11 p.m. Saturday. More help was requested overnight, and on Sunday the search party expanded. Approximately 65 members from various organizations searched for Dean on Sunday.