Hikers stranded outside of Granite Falls near Three Fingers MountainBY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR Three hikers were rescued by Snohomish County Rescue crews after a hiking trip just 17 miles off of Mountain Loop Highway near Granite Falls last Tuesday, August 26.
The hikers, two from Arlington and one from Snohomish County, called 911 when they realized they weren’t going to be able to make it down the mountain because of inclement weather.
The three were caught in rain, fog, snow and cold on Three Fingers Mountain.
Rescue workers found the three hikers together and walked down with one of the boys. The other two boys were airlifted out late on Wednesday evening.
“They are all off the mountain and back home with family,” Rebecca Hover, Public Information Officer for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said. “One walked out with rescuers and the other two were brought out by helicopter.”
Rescue workers were intent in getting the boys out safely and as quickly as possible and worked through the night to keep them safe.
“We had dozens of rescuers from throughout Puget Sound up there,” Hover said. “It was a massive effort that had a happy ending because of their hard work. They were intent upon finding these kids before it was too late.”
One of the hikers had a pre-existing back condition, which was aggravated while on the mountain. Otherwise, they all checked out fine.
Helicopter and media staging was set-up at Mountain View Elementary School in Granite Falls until the weather permitted the airlift efforts.