Search and Rescue teams find hiker in Twin Lakes area

A hiker was rescued from a rugged part of the Twin Lakes area last week after getting lost in unfamiliar territory on Nov. 10.

The hiker, who is from out of state, got lost on an icy road after hiking and camping for a few days around Twin Lakes, according to a Nov. 18 Facebook post from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office. The hiker had supplies to stay a few extra days on the mountain and called for help when he realized he was lost.

The area includes a lot of steep terrain. Temperatures were in the 30s with more than 3 feet of accumulated snow.

The hiker realized the mountain road was icy and decided it was best to ask for help. Because he had supplies for a few extra days, the search and rescue team was able to carefully plan the rescue.

A team of six volunteers across three four-wheel-drive vehicles met up with him and put chains on his vehicle before helping him navigate his way to safety.

“Thank you so much to you and your team for helping me,” the hiker told the SAR team in a text message. “I felt immediate relief when you showed up. Words can’t express my gratitude for what you and SAR do. Thank you for everything that you do.”

This was the first Whatcom County Search and Rescue call-out of this season.