Three hikers rescued from Sycamore Canyon

SYCAMORE CANYON - The Coconino County Sheriff's Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety helicopter rescued three hikers from a remote location in the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness 13 miles northwest of Sedona Saturday.

At mid-afternoon Saturday, three stranded hikers called the Coconino Sheriff for help. The hikers started their trek from near Clarkdale Thursday evening. They intended to take the Sycamore Basin Trail to the Taylor Cabin trail (Trail #35) Forest Road 538B near Casner Mountain, and on to Sycamore Pass near Cottonwood.

The hikers became disoriented while attempting to follow the Taylor Cabin Trail and got stranded on a steep slope. They were unable to continue up the slope or to return the same way because the terrain was too steep and there are cliffs with unstable footing.

Sheriff's Office deputies, Search and Rescue volunteers and the DPS Air Rescue helicopter from Kingman were called out. The flight crew found the hikers on steep terrain 13.5 miles northwest of Sedona and four miles southwest of Turkey Butte.

They assessed the hazardous terrain for ground crew and the helicopter was used to lower an SO technical rescue volunteer by rope to meet with victims. All three victims were then individually retrieved using a "Short Haul" operation by the helicopter.

They were flown to a safe landing zone. The hikers were in good condition and did not require medical attention.

They were transported to Flagstaff by Search and Rescue personnel and returned to their homes in Ajo and Phoenix on Sunday, May 9.

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