Missing hiker on Mount St. Helens found alive

Mount St. Helens (KATU File Photo)

MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. – The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office says a missing hiker was found alive on Mount St. Helens on Friday.

The sheriff's office says the missing man, 38-year-old Patrick Johnston, of Portland, had walked out to a road in the St. Helens area and rode in a vehicle back to Portland.

The Skamania County Sheriff's Office dispatch made direct contact with Johnston and confirmed he was off the mountain. He was not injured.

Deputies first responded to a report of a missing hiker at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The sheriff’s office says a group of four people and a guide were hiking near Marble Mountain Snow Park. They summitted and on their way down, one person went ahead of the group to break down their camp. The sheriff's office says this person separated from the group somewhere between the 5,000 and 6,500-foot level on the mountain.

When the group arrived at their campsite, the person was not there.

Jess Liota from Trackers Earth, a Portland-based organization that offers camps and outdoor program for children and adults, says Johnston is a part-time employee and an experienced hiker.

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