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Troopers and volunteers rescue lost hikers on West Glacier Trail, Mount McGinnis

Posted: September 4, 2012 - 4:32pm

Alaska State Troopers in Juneau coordinated two search and rescues for lost hikers Thursday evening, one on West Glacier Trial and another on Mount McGinnis.

Troopers said in a dispatch they received a report of four lost juvenile hikers, all of whom were from Juneau, at 8:10 p.m. An investigation found that the group had hiked the West Glacier Trail out to the Mendenhall Glacier, and became lost on the way back. They called for help on their cell phone.

Members from Juneau Mountain Rescue (JMR) were able to locate them by using the GPS on the hiker’s cell phone, and they were assisted back to the trail head safely.

Troopers said no injuries were reported. Their names were not released since they were minors.

Troopers received a second report about 30 minutes later with similar circumstances of a lost hiker on Mount McGinnis, near the glacier.

Troopers said in a dispatch that 22-year-old local resident, identified as Eric Mullen, hiked to the top of Mount McGinnis, but lost sight of the trail on the way back and became lost. He also used his cell phone to call for help.

Two JMR members hiked up the Mount McGinnis trail, located Mullen and assisted him back to the trail head. No injuries were reported, troopers said.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

Editors’ note: This article was originally published in print on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.

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