Crater Lake National Park rangers are on the hunt for a hiker who reportedly fell over the rim and may have climbed back out last week.
On Friday, Aug. 1, rangers responded after a man was reportedly seen falling over the western edge, north of Discovery Point adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail, and disappeared into the trees, park officials reported.
Rangers began their search, assisted by search-and-rescue teams from Jackson, Douglas and Josephine counties. Crews searched around the rim and used boats to search the lake. A helicopter conducted an aerial search of the slopes. During the search, officials found a pair of sunglasses directly below the area where the hiker was believed to have fallen. Park officials believe the man was able to stop himself mid-fall and climb back out of the caldera without calling for help from park personnel.
The man was described as white, about 5-feet-10 and 150 pounds. He reportedly had a full beard and long, dirty-blond hair. He wore a blue baseball cap, green T-shirt and dark shorts and sported a dark-blue backpack. He had one arm covered in a sleeve of tattoos, wore a black knee brace on one leg and an Ace bandage from the knee to the ankle on the other leg.
Park officials believe the man was northbound on the Pacific Crest Trail and passing through the park. If he did pull himself out of the caldera after a fall, they want to make sure he is OK. Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call park dispatch at 541-594-3060. Callers who reach the line after hours should leave a detailed message with name and contact information.
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