Missing Hiker Located Alive

A 71-year-old man who was lost in the Columbia River Gorge has been rescued.

Joe Dean texted his wife Saturday night that he was lost on the Rock of the Ages trail.

Searchers found him Monday morning near the ridge of the trail. He was conscious.

They used a wheeled stretcher to bring Dean down the trail. He was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation.

Dean also reported that when he became lost, he followed Horsetail Creek downward, hiking during the day and stopping at night. While Dean was not prepared to stay overnight, he was carrying thermal leggings, a jacket and a balaclava. Dean was able to ration snacks, but did run out of drinking water.

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