Father and son, lost while hiking, found cold but safe
A father and his adult son ended up getting lost for the night in Olympic National Park in northern Grays Harbor County, about 40 miles north of Montesano.
Lt. Matt Stowers with Grays Harbor County Sheriff's department says they got a call reporting the two missing just after 9 pm Tuesday. Both men were part of a family group "day hiking" in the southern end of Olympic National Forest near Wynoochee Lake - about 40 miles north of Montesano.
The two men, who were already complaining about chilly conditions - left the group at separate times, and each got lost on their own. Stowers says the area where the group had been hiking, is not considered typical "day hiking" terrain. He described the terrain near Wynoochee Lake area as "rugged backwoods...with a few logging roads". He went on to say this is "blaze your own trail terrain".
Neither man was prepared to spend the night in the woods, lacking food water and proper gear. Stowers says they began searching at first light Wednesday. The 47 year old son was first to be located. It wasn't until midday that the 68 year old father was found. Stowers says both were suffering from hypothermia -exposure to the cold- but otherwise OK.
Stowers says there was no way for the men to call for help- as cell phone service is not available in that area. Stowers said even their police radios have limited coveragein that rugged terrain.
The names of the hikers were not madeavailable but they are believed to be from Mason County.