Hiker injured 6 miles short of Pacific trail end

BELLINGHAM — A California hiker broke an ankle just south of the Canada border and had to be airlifted just six miles short of finishing the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Whatcom County sheriff’s office says Timothy Nye, 60, of Sacramento, had been hiking for five weeks and was approaching the end of the 2,663-mile trail on Tuesday when the ground gave way and he fell about 10 feet in a remote area.

Deputy Geroge Ratayczak says Nye activated an emergency beacon and was rescued by helicopter and flown to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.

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