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For Immediate Release
Date: March 16th, 2021
Contact: Sgt. Aaron Dick Phone:928-226-5050
SUBJECT: Hiker Rescued from Arizona Trail along the Mogollon Rim
Blue Ridge, AZ -
On March 14, 2021 at approximately 8:00 am the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit responded to a hiker who was stranded by deep snow at the General Springs Cabin on the Mogollon Rim. The Cabin is located about 9 miles east of Highway 87 off Forest Service Road 300. Forest Service Road 300 is currently closed to vehicular travel due to Forest Service Winter Closure.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office received a call for help from a 41-year-old adult male hiker from New York, who had been hiking north along the Arizona Trail since March 2 starting in Superior, AZ and was camping along the trail. While generally well prepared for the long-distance hike, the hiker was not prepared for the winter weather that the area experienced over the weekend. On the morning of March 14, he realized that he would not be able to continue safely along the trail and requested assistance.
The Coconino County Search and Rescue Units out of Flagstaff responded with snowmobiles and a snowcat to locate and rescue the hiker. He was found at General Springs Cabin in good condition and was transported via snowmobile and snowcat back to State Route 87 and then provided with a ride to Payson where he made lodging arrangements.
Hikers on the Arizona Trail in the early Spring need to be prepared for late season winter storms that can bring heavy snow. Additionally, melting snow in the Spring can create running streams over the trail and muddy conditions. It is important to check the weather forecast frequently to determine whether it is safe to continue. It is important for hikers to let a trusted person know about their itinerary and check in if their plans change so that search and rescue teams will know where to look for a hiker if they become overdue.
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