Rescuers Keep Trying to Reach Hikers Trapped by Unexpected Snowfall Last Night
Snowfall trapped a man, a woman and a dog who were camping in the Devil’s Punchbowl near Gasquet, according to Commander Bill Steven of the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office. The man managed to call 911 last night and requested assistance. Steven said the man reported that they were safe with a tent and enough food at that time but they didn’t believe they could navigate their way out. As of 9 p.m. last night they were reporting 6″ of snow.
Attempts to reach the couple have failed so far. A California Highway Patrol helicopter was thwarted by weather conditions, Steven said. “It was going to try and pluck them out of there,” he explained but bad weather kept that from happening. As of 3 p.m. today, the county road had most likely been graded to the trailhead according to Steven. Then, he explained, rescuers must hike in over five miles to where the couple is camped.
“I don’t know if [the rescue crew] had to get snowshoes,” Steven said but they won’t be able to use snowmobiles as the trail is quite rugged.
“This is a several hour hike in the summer time,” Steven pointed out. “Hopefully, they’ll get them out by dark or a little later.