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Trail runner safe after spending several night hours lost in Columbia River Gorge

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Search and rescue crews have located a lost hiker on the Angel’s Rest Trailhead after he became separated from his friend and spent several hours wandering the trail early Thursday morning.

Police said that they were dispatched to the trail in the Columbia River Gorge at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday after trail runner Derrick Dean did not show up after his run.

Dean told police he had ran ahead of his friend, but was not familiar with the path and had ended up straying off the trail.

Dean had doubled back and called for help but stopped after night had fallen, according to police reports.

Police said Dean did not have a flashlight or a cell phone and was wearing only shorts, running shoes and a light jacket over his shirt.

Dean said he found shelter under a tree and tried to stay warm, eventually falling asleep.

Dean awoke to the sound of the search and rescue crews calling his name, according to police.

Search and rescue crews were able to safely guide Dean back to the trailhead where he reunited with his friends and family.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind hikers and trail runners who set out in any scenic area to be prepared with proper equipment in case of an emergency.

They advise carrying a flashlight, cell phone, extra clothes, food and water and other emergency supplies. They added that hikers should tell others where they plan on going.

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