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Hiker goes missing near Multnomah Falls overnight, found safe Wednesday morning

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Alexio Avila (Courtesy: Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office) Alexio Avila (Courtesy: Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office)

A hiker that went trekking above Multnomah Falls Tuesday evening ended up getting lost and spending the night in the wilderness before search and rescue crews found him early Wednesday morning.

Officials said Alexio Avila, 22, of Gresham went hiking near Larch Mountain around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Avila called rescuers on his cellphone around 5 p.m. after he lost his tracks on his return trip back down the trail, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

Avila told deputies that he had found a rocky road and was standing on the road waiting.

Dispatchers told Avila to stay where he was and they were sending rescuers out to look for him.

Avila said he thought the description he gave dispatchers was not good enough for someone to find him, so he started walking.

He said he had followed a stream down the mountain that eventually led him to a road and a house on Palmer Mill Road and NE Brower Road.

MCSO deployed rescue teams overnight and crews said they located Avila around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Rescuers led Avila down off of the mountain around 7:15 a.m.

Officials have not reported that Avila is injured.

He said there was snow on the ground and he kept walking around to stay warm and avoid hypothermia. 

"I am lucky to be alive," said Avila. 

When asked what he would have done differently, Avila said he would have packed extra food and water and would have not gone hiking alone.

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