Woman Found After Getting Lost Picking Huckleberries

An 86-year-old Hood River woman was found healthy and in good condition early this morning after becoming lost while picking huckleberries in the Red Hill area of the Mt. Hood National Forest.  According to the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, Elva Lane was located by a member of Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue just after 5 a.m. on a dirt road about three miles from the initial search location.  Lane said after becoming separated from her husband on Thursday afternoon she ended up down a steep ridge, hiked through the night, and found the road early this morning.  She was reunited with her husband shorty after she was found.  It culminated a busy 24 hours for the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.  Earlier in the day they helped a 53-year-old Illinois man hiking the Timberline Trail dealing with heat exhaustion to reach Laurance Lake safely, and a 23-year-old Vancouver man on the same trail dealing with complications from asthma was assisted by the Hood River Crag Rats and a fellow hiker who is an emergency room nurse to get back to the trailhead in good condition.

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