LOST HIKERS: METWELL TRAILHEAD – MONOLITH GARDENS, CERBAT FOOTHILLS RECREATION AREA

Published by The Bee News

January 5, 2023

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About 7pm Wednesday night (1/4), the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office received a call to help locate two lost hikers, a husband wife – both 80-years-old. They had been visiting from Oregon and decided to explore the Monolith Gardens from the Metwell Trailhead about 3pm yesterday. They had planned to hike about 3 miles in total, but ended up hiking closer to 10 miles. They had taken a picture of the map at the trailhead, but somehow managed to get turned around and unable to orient themselves back to the trailhead. They were well dressed for the hike and the cold – and even prepared to stay the night in the wilderness area, but had called for help once they realized they were not going to find their way out of the trail system in the dark. Kingman Police Department, Kingman Fire Department and Search and Rescue responded and began a route and location search. Kingman Fire deployed their unmanned aerial system (UAS) and was able to quickly locate them. Searchers located them uninjured and happy to be found – about 1 1/2 miles from the trailhead – and then led back to the trailhead. This trail system is a very popular trail system to hike, run or ride bikes. At the Metwell Trailhead maintained by the Bureau of Land Management Kingman Field Office, there is a map with instructions on how to install a smart phone application “Avenza Maps” and download the digital map file for the trail system –showing your location on the map (with or without cellular service). It’s an excellent tool to use when exploring the Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area. Great job by everyone!!

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