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Anaheim Hikers Lost, Found on San Jacinto Peak

Garrett Scott Mottle, 20; Gary Scott Mottle; 52, and an unnamed youth, all from Anaheim, were found unharmed with information they provided by cellphone, authorities said.

Three hikers who became lost on the San Jacinto Peak were found with help from a cellphone they had with them, sheriff's officials said.

The hikers entered the San Jacinto Wilderness area about 10 a.m., exiting the Upper Tram Station in Palm Springs, sheriff's officials said.

They were reported lost while hiking down to the station about 3:15 p.m., according to sheriff's officials.

State park Rangers found the hikers, based on information the hikers gave to sheriff's deputies from the Cabazon station, a sergeant said.

Though the sheriff's aviation and mountain rescue units were mobilized for a search, they were never deployed, the sergeant said.

The hikers were identified as Garrett Scott Mottle, 20; Gary Scott Mottle, 52;  and an unnamed youth, all from Anaheim.

Riverside County sheriff's officials warn hikers to always stay hydrated, carry communication devices and carry clothing for all weather, since temperatures change rapidly at high elevations.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Cabazon Sheriff's Station at 951.922.7100 or at CabazonStation@RiversideSheriff.org

Nancy Hall August 08, 2011 at 05:04 AM
How could they get lost on Fuller Ridge? Didn't they have compasses?

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