ALBANY, Oregon — Three Ohio women hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail have been rescued from Oregon's Cascade Mountains after they found themselves in steep, icy terrain and called for help.
Linn County, Oregon, sheriff's officers responded Sunday to distress alerts from a satellite GPS device. Nearly 12 hours later, search and rescue hikers were able to locate the women late Sunday. The group waited until Monday morning to hike out safely. No one was hurt.
Sheriff Bruce Riley says 50-year-old Teresa Winland, her 21-year-old daughter, Ama Winland, and 44-year-old Jodie Wilcox planned to hike the trail from the Hoodoo ski resort to the Oregon-Washington border. They were in mountainous terrain on a trail south of Mount Jefferson, near Marion Lake, when they unintentionally hiked into an area where the snow had iced over.
Riley says the hikers were within cell phone range and were prepared with safety beacons. Their hometowns were not immediately available.