LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (ABC4 News) Search and rescue crews found an overdue hiker Friday afternoon.
Officials said 41-year-old Dawn Rohde was found alive in the Tanners Flat area of Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Officials said Rhode left her home around 7 a.m. on Thursday and headed up the canyon for a hike in Maybird Gulch. They say she called her husband around noon to tell him she was going to head to the Red Pine Lake area.
That was the last time anyone had heard from her. Investigators believed her cell phone was dead. Det. Ken Hansen said conditions were cold overnight and there is snow in the area.
Crews gathered Friday morning and set out to search. Rohde was found around 3:30 p.m.
Greg Lassek was one of the volunteer searchers who found his friend Rhode. He says she was stuck on the other side of the rushing river, which wasn’t safe to cross.
“She didn’t look hurt. She looked really tired and sunburnt. She didn’t have any food or water that I could see. We threw her a water bottle and we threw her some Cliff Bars across the river. We asked if she was OK and she gave us a wave and a thumbs up.”
Police said a citizen reported to police that there was a woman in need of help in the area of campground 14. Rohde will be hoisted up and out of the canyon by helicopter.
Police say this serves as a reminder for even the most experienced hikers to always be prepared for the unknown.
“The conditions up there are pretty nasty. A lot of our guys went up there with ice axes. There’s lots of loose rock, there’s still between two to three feet of snow in some areas and it’s been warm and melted so you have ice,” explained Sgt. Ed Twohill, Unified Police Department.
Officer Twohill also says it’s important for hikers to let someone know where they’re going and stick to the planned route. That way if you need to be rescued, teams know what area you are in.