Stranded hikers found |

Stranded hikers found

Susan Wood

Four stranded hikers were found at 1:30 a.m. Sunday near Horsetail Falls with no food, water or warm clothes, illustrating the beginning of the outdoor summer season it the Lake Tahoe area.

Lake Valley Fire Protection District reported the Sacramento foursome had wandered off a path at Echo Lakes on Saturday and called for help later that night when it appeared some hikers were weak and uncertain about the way out from the raging falls.

Eleven search-and-rescue personnel were called out, including a CALSTAR helicopter manned by a party with night-vision goggles who spotted the group ranging in ages from 15 to 55. The helicopter was unable to land, but a rescue party brought them down safely on foot.

Battalion Chief Garath Harris said the hikers were wearing mostly tank tops and T-shirts.

“People need to know to be prepared for the mountains,” he said.

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