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Contact: Jon Paxton Phone: 928-226-5089
Flagstaff, AZ – At approximately 6:20 PM on Monday, August 16th, 2021, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Williams Patrol Division and Search and Rescue Unit responded to a report of two stranded hikers in Sycamore Canyon below Sycamore Falls. The adult male and female hikers had started at the Sycamore Falls trailhead parking area and hiked east along the rim before traveling off trail down into Sycamore Canyon. When they tried to return to the trailhead, they could not find the route they had taken into the canyon and traversed west below the rim before getting to a point where they could not travel further due to the terrain. Once they became stranded, they contacted 911 to request assistance.
A deputy sheriff responded from the Williams area and was able to locate them and communicate to determine that search and rescue would be needed to assist them out of the canyon. The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Unit responded and conducted a technical rope rescue operation to raise the hikers out of the canyon and escort them back to the trail head. The rescue was completed at about midnight. The hikers were uninjured and provided with information about hiking safety before they departed the area.
CCSO Search and Rescue would like to remind hikers to research their intended trip, the trails in the area, and the weather conditions on the day of the trip. Staying on the trail is recommended. Additionally, carrying some basic equipment can make an unforeseen emergency easier to manage. It is recommended that all hikers carry a backpack with extra food, water, extra warm clothing, navigation equipment, a headlamp or flashlight (not relying on a smart phone light), a first aid kit, a large leaf bag for emergency shelter, a pocketknife/multi-tool, whistle and signal mirror, and a fire-starting kit in addition to a charged cell phone. The fire-starting kit should only be used if necessary and if it is safe to do so based on the conditions.
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