Deschutes County Search and Rescue volunteers assisted a Pacific Crest Trail hiker who got lost while hiking through a burned-out section of the trail south of Mount Washington, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.
At 11:40 a.m. Sunday, Deschutes County 911 received a call from Christine Bruce-Aijian, who said she was lost.
Bruce-Aijian had been unable to find the trail along the edge of the lava flow near Belknap Crater and hiked up a ridge line of Mount Washington until she got cell reception, when she called 911.
GPS coordinates obtained from the original 911 call led three Deschutes County Search and Rescue volunteers to Bruce-Aijian’s location. She was found in good health and escorted back to the volunteers’ vehicle and given a courtesy transport to the PCT junction near Dee Wright Observatory on Oregon Highway 242.
Bruce-Aijian had a proper map, as well as adequate clothing and equipment, according to a press release from the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office. However, she did not have a compass or GPS device.