Six lost hikers found at Eagle Lake |

Six lost hikers found at Eagle Lake

Six hikers were found Monday after losing their way in the snow-covered Eagle Lakes wilderness area overnight.

Five of the six were found in good condition near Fordyce Lake, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Gary Jacobson of the Truckee substation. The sixth was found by a U.S. Forest Service worker in the afternoon near Meadow Lake, walking deeper into the woods, Jacobson said. The sixth hiker was under medical evaluation Monday night, and his condition wasn’t immediately known, Jacobson said.

“The first snow of the season of the year always catches some people unprepared,” he said.

The hikers, ages 21 to 29, were from the Roseville area, Jacobson said. They entered the woods Sunday morning at Indian Springs Campground – about 2 miles northeast of the junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 20 – and planned to return Sunday night.

One of the hikers’ family members called the Sheriff’s Department after 9 p.m. Sunday, and searchers contended with about 6 inches of snow before postponing the search.

Five of the group members stayed with a four-wheel-drive vehicle that had become “disabled” in the terrain, said Jacobson.

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