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Two go missing while hiking icy gorge trail

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A couple of hikers from Portland got lost above the snow line on Nesmith Point on Saturday afternoon, prompting a search and rescue operation.

The two Portland women, ages 36 and 44, were found just after midnight.

The husband of one of the hikers reported he received a call from his wife around 3 p.m. Saturday. She told him they were at the top of Nesmith Point and had become disoriented while backtracking after the snow fell, covering both the trail and their footsteps.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue (SAR) units were activated.  Crews staged at John B Yeon State Park, from where they made slow and steady progress traveling uphill to an elevation of 3,800 feet, in icy conditions and extreme weather.

Fortunately, the women were experienced, trained hikers, and were dressed appropriately for the conditions. They had packed food and water, and stayed put until rescuers arrived.

They were brought down and reunited with friends and family members at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday.

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