ST. GEORGE — Washington County Search and Rescue teams assisted a hiker off ledges in the backcountry of Snow Canyon State Park Sunday evening after the woman got in uncomfortable terrain and called on her cell phone for help. Rescuers found her by 7:30 p.m. and were able to assist her off the ledges, back down a hillside, and hike with her to a vehicle before the sun went down.
The woman was hiking on the Padre Canyon Trail – which runs up and down a hillside between Snow Canyon State Park and Tuacahn Center for the Arts. This is considered a strenuous hike and involves steep, rocky, and slick-rock terrain.
The woman got off the trail near a section of the hike called “the saddle.” She ended up on a ledge in a place where she was really uncomfortable, Search and Rescue Commander Casey Lofthouse said. She was able to get cell service and called for help.
The GPS coordinates were extracted by emergency responders from the cell call and were used to locate her – the location of these coordinates is marked by a pin on the map below.
After she called for help, Washington County Search and Rescue was deployed around 7:30 p.m. They sent a high-angle team as a precaution in case she was stranded on dangerous terrain, but the team was able to assist her back down without using any technical gear.
“She was a little worked up getting down through a few spots,” Lofthouse said, “but we helped her down and we just walked her off and then down the canyon.”
The woman was not very far off the trail, but was on some ledges, Lofthouse said. Search and Rescue had her back to her car before dark.
There were about 14 Search and Rescue members helping with the incident, Lofthouse said. Many of them were just there as support in case there were any issues. Washington County Sheriff’s deputies and Bureau of Land Management rangers also assisted during the incident.
The entire Washington County Search and Rescue team is made up of volunteers. Read more about the team here.
Hiking Padre Canyon is typically done as a 2.4-mile through-hike but can be done other ways. The hike has several steep sections with obstacles that can require scrambling skills.
NOTE: This hike crosses through state park land, private property associated with Tuacahn Center for the Arts as well as Red Cliffs National Conservation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
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