STRANDED HIKERS: POTATO PATCH LOOP TRAIL, HUALAPAI MOUNTAINS

Published by The Bee News

February 11, 2023

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About 6pm Friday (2/10) night, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office received a call for help from a father (52-year-old) and son (21-year-old) who needed help hiking back down the mountain. They had left around 3pm earlier in the day to go hiking along the Potato Patch Loop at the Hualapai Mountain Park and did not anticipate how much snow remained along the trail. They were ill-equipped for the snow and ice on the trail. They began experiencing symptoms of frostbite and could not continue hiking. Mohave County Park Rangers and Search and Rescue were activated and began there way on foot to the hikers’ location. Teams brought supplies, a SKED for transport and warming blankets. As teams arrived, they made a fire and began to warm them up. Once they got warm, they were able to walk out with the assistance of the rescuers back down to the trailhead at Recreation Area 3. They were in good spirits and happy to be back at their vehicle. Search teams used a combination of microspikes, ice cleats, snow shoes, and hiking sticks to maneuver the trail safely. Search and Rescue wants to remind everyone to bring adequate gear and supplies for the conditions they may encounter when recreating the wilderness areas of Mohave County. By the way, watch for bears in the area while hiking here! Great job by everyone!

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