PMR Member Joins Successful Mirror Lake Search
Saturday, November 23, 2002
A PMR Board of Directors member joined a successful search and
rescue mission that guided three lost hikers near Mount Hood's
Mirror Lake Trail.
Marty Johnson was driving home from Government Camp, Oregon and
noticed a USDA Forest Service vehicle located at the roadside
trailhead of Mirror Lake. Upon investigation, Mr. Johnson
found that the hikers had called authorities using their cell phone
and stated that they had become lost after taking a
The team determined that the hikers were most likely downstream in
the canyon that runs West from the trailhead. Mr. Johnson
geared up and joined two Reach and Treat paramedics from American
Medical Response and entered the trail. The search party left
the trail and, after reaching the edge of the canyon, established
voice contact with the missing hikers.
The team descended the steep canyon, reached the three subjects and
escorted them back up to the trail. Soon after returning to
the trail, the party was met by members of Pacific Northwest Search
and Rescue and the entire group returned safely to the trailhead.
The Mirror Lake Trail is very popular and easy to follow, but
leaving any marked trail is unadvised without proper equipment and