Overdue hiker found in Reds Meadow after spending cold night, trying to reach Bishop

A 63-year-old overdue hiker, a Merced man missing since May 18, was found in the Reds Meadow area Sunday, May 19, after spending the night in the valley and getting lost while trying to reach Bishop.

On Saturday, May 18, at approximately 8 p.m., Mono County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call regarding an overdue hiker in the Horseshoe Lake area, according to a sheriff's department news release.

"A 63-year-old hiker from Merced was reported overdue by his son when he didn’t return after a 3-4 hour hike," the news release states.

"The Mono County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team was called out to aid in the search for the missing hiker. The search continued all night with no sighting for the hiker. On the morning of Sunday, May 19, the Mono County SAR team received additional search assistance from a CHP H40 helicopter out of Fresno, the Inyo County Search and Rescue team, and canine teams from Truckee and Clovis.

"The hiker originally hiked out of the Horseshoe Lake area, over Mammoth Pass, down through Red’s Meadow and then left the trail to find an “all downhill trail or passage” that he figured would put him out on 395 somewhere around Bishop. He did not make it out of the Red’s Meadow area before nightfall. He spent a cold night out before some hikers spotted him the next morning, knew the search was going on, and informed the hiker that search efforts were currently in progress for him. The hikers were able to get in touch with the SAR team and take the hiker to a nearby trailhead out of Red’s Meadow where Mono County Sheriff’s SAR team members met the hiker and reunited him with his son.

Written and prepared by: Jennifer Hansen, Public Information Officer