Rescue crews locate lost hiker in Iller Creek area

Rescue crews locate lost hiker in Iller Creek area

Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s helicopter Air 1 found a lost hiker in the Iller Creek Conservation Area Monday night.

Just before 5 p.m., a lost hiker called 911 for help. The 19-year-old said she had begun hiking at the Iller Creek Trailhead and was now lost because it had gotten dark. She had her cell phone, water, and enough warm clothes, but did not know where she was or how to get back to her car.

She was told to stay where she was and that rescue crews were on the way.

Spokane County Deputies were able to find GPS coordinates of the hiker’s location from pinging her cell phone.

Air 1 began checking the now dark area. The hiker was told to hold the lit screen of her cell phone to the sky, and she was quickly spotted.

A Spokane County Park Ranger, along with deputies, found a citizen who knew the area well and offered to help. He pointed out an obscure road that might lead to the lost hiker. Rescue crews were able to find her after following the road.

The hiker was not injured and was given a ride back to her car.