A pair of hikers lost in the Mount San Jacinto Wilderness area was safely rescued early Wednesday.
San Francisco residents Christopher Wimmer, 36, and Victoria Oliver, 29, were helped off the mountain by a Riverside County sheriff’s rescue team about 12:30 a.m., according to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Meservy.
The two had left the tram about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday for a day of hiking but after several hours, they became lost in an area known as “Saddle Junction,” the sergeant said.
The pair had wandered off the marked trail and they had not packed for a night’s stay on the mountain, Meservy said, but were able to use a cell phone to dial 911 for help.
The rescue team escorted the two down to Humbar Park in Idyllwild and from there they were taken to their Palm Springs hotel, the sergeant said.
Wimmer and Oliver were both in good spirits following their ordeal, Meservy said.
Sheriff's officials issued a message for the public:
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department reminds local hikers to be mindful of even short wilderness hikes.
Always take into consideration your experience level, knowledge of the terrain, weather, and your personal physical limitations, officials said.
Remember to bring enough water, fully charged communication devices, such as cellular or satellite telephones, and wear appropriate clothing.
Always let friends and relatives know where you intend on hiking, and when you plan to return.