Stranded hikers rescued at Munds Canyon
FLAGSTAFF — At 7:20 p.m. Friday, June 19, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of stranded hikers in Munds Canyon, south of Flagstaff.
About 12 hours later, the hikers, one adult man and three juveniles, were reunited with their families.
According to a Coconino County Sheriff’s Office news release, the hikers had split from a larger group of 10 hikers who had intended to hike Munds Canyon from I-17 to Oak Creek.
Munds Canyon is the largest tributary of Oak Creek Canyon, joining the main valley five miles north of Sedona.
After realizing they had underestimated the distance to Oak Creek Canyon, the four hikers attempted to return to their vehicle near I-17, the news release stated. “The group became exhausted and unable to return to their vehicle as it became dark.”
The Sheriff’s Office’s Search and Rescue Unit personnel responded to locate and assist the hikers, the news release stated.
At about 6 a.m. Saturday, a search and rescue team made voice contact with the hikers, then at about 7:45 a.m. made access to the hikers using a rope rescue system.
“The hikers were assessed and provided with additional supplies and then assisted in ascending out of the canyon via a rope system,” the news release stated. “Once at the top of the canyon the hikers were provided with a ride to Schnebly Hill Road where they were reunited with family members.”
None of the hikers required any medical attention, the news release stated.
The Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit reminds people engaging in outdoor activities to research the details of their trip, including trail conditions and hazards as well as carrying the appropriate safety equipment, such as extra water and food; extra clothing for the conditions; navigation equipment such as map, compass, GPS; headlamp/flashlight; first aid kit; shelter material such as space blanket or large leaf bag; pocket knife/multi-tool; signaling equipment such as whistle and signal mirror; and fully charged cell phone and extra battery.
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