Lost Arizona Hikers Flown to Safety

Three lost hikers in the Catalina Mountains were airlifted out by a helicopter Friday night after becoming lost in hazardous weather.

The three women, who are in their 20s, were found in good condition after facing fog, snow and temperatures in the teens, said Deputy Tom Peine, a Pima County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter crew was able to evacuate the women in two trips — landing safely in a clearing about one mile from the hikers, Peine said.

Rescuers reached the three by 7 p.m.

Peine said the women, who were reunited with their families at the Southern Arizona Rescue Association command post at the base of Sabino Canyon, did not need medical attention.

The women began hiking from Sabino Canyon at 7 a.m. and were headed to the top of Mount Lemmon when they were reported lost about 4 p.m., said Peine.

“The mother of one of the hikers reported them lost,” said Peine. He said officials contacted the hikers by cellphone.

Peine said the women were found at about 7,000 feet in steep terrain, fog and snow.

The women had food, water and proper clothing, Peine said.

The National Weather Service forecast a 20 percent chance of snow showers overnight, with a low of about 14 degrees expected on Mount Lemmon.