Search and rescue for 2 hikers on PCT forced to turn back due to bad weather


SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. -- Two search and rescue teams were called out Saturday for two hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail in Chelan County, according to the Chelan County Sheriff's Office.

The hikers reportedly activated a beacon and a search and rescue response was initiated. Officials believe the hikers may have crossed over into Snohomish County, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Snohomish search and rescue team reportedly started their search from Little Wenatchee trailhead. The Chelan team started their search from Indian Creek trailhead.

According to the Sheriff's Office, both teams have turned around because of bad conditions. There was reportedly six inches of snow at the trailhead and heavy rain as the temperatures rose, according to the Sheriff's Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, there has been very little communication and officials do not know exactly where on the PCT the hikers are at this moment.

Officials are unclear what went wrong with the hikers that caused them to activate a beacon.

Crews are currently trying to regroup and are waiting for a break in the weather to try to search by helicopter.

More information will be updated as it becomes available.

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