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Officials find 3 overdue hikers safe in Columbia River Gorge

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Multnomah County search and rescuers have found three overdue hikers who spent the night on a trail near Horsetail Falls.

Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that their search teams had been activated just before 7 a.m Thursday.

Around 7:30 a.m. MCSO tweeted that the hikers, two 19-year-old men and a 19-year-old woman, had been located on the Rock of Ages Trail. 

According to the Oregon Hikers website, the Rock of Ages trail is a primitive, non-maintained trail along a steep embankment. 

The hikers said they had left home around 3 p.m. Wednesday. They sent a message their parents around 8:30 p.m. to say that they were running late.

Parents became concerned after the hikers did not return and called the MCSO around 1 a.m. Thursday. 

Search crews, including the Green Hornets Trail Team, were able to locate the hikers' car in the Horsetail Falls parking lot and began searching around 4 a.m.

According to the hikers, during the night they met up with other campers who were able to give them food and a space blanket. They did not have any extra equipment or supplies. 

The hikers were found and brought back to the trailhead around 7:45 a.m. 

Multnomah County officials said all hikers were not injured. 

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