Hiker rescued after being stranded in snow storm for 4 days

Hiker rescued after being stranded in snow storm for 4 days
Pacific Crest Trail - Photo from Halfmile Media, Lon Cooper

MCKENZIE HWY, Ore. -- Deputies rescued a hiker stranded in a snow storm on the Pacific Crest Trail Thursday afternoon after he'd been stuck there for nearly four days.

The man was unhurt, but officials said he was a little cold after being found.

Sheriff's dispatchers got a phone call from Rip Stouffer, 57 of Globe, Arizona, at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday saying he was stuck in a snow storm.

Stouffer told deputies he started a solo hike on Monday from Highway 242 into California by way of the Pacific Crest Trail. About 10 miles into the hike Stouffer said he hit "winter-like weather and snow" and decided to wait it out. 

Stouffer used his tent as a shelter until Thursday when he decided to call for help, the sheriff's office said. Deputies found him late on Thursday night and helped him hike out of the area early Friday morning.

Lane County officials said this serves a good reminder for all outdoor users that the weather in Oregon can change quickly, particularly at the higher elevations. They added that snow storms in the high mountains are not uncommon in June.

Map of the Pacific Crest Trail from Halfmile Media