Distress beacon leads rescuers to Pacific Crest Trail hikers

Two men in their 20s had encountered snow and waited two nights for a helicopter rescue.

INDEX — Two Pacific Crest Trail hikers were rescued Monday morning by helicopter after they were stranded for two nights in rough weather, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The men in their 20s, from Ohio and Tennessee, were hiking south of Glacier Peak when they found themselves overwhelmed in treacherous snowy weather Saturday. Rescue teams in Chelan and Snohomish counties were alerted to a locator beacon. The signal led to a pass in the remote wilderness near Kodak Peak and Indian Head Peak.

Meanwhile the pair hunkered down for two nights until a helicopter from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office could pick them up in the daylight Monday morning, said Sheri Ireton, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

Neither man needed emergency medical aid. They had been through-hiking the 2,650-mile trail from Mexico to Canada, Ireton said.

This year fires and a heavy snow pack had led many backpackers to delay their plans until later than usual.

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