Crater Laker Park Rangers Seek Information on Pacific Crest Trail Hiker

Crater Lake National Park News Release

August 5, 2014
For Immediate Release                     
Contacts:  Marsha McCabe (541)594-3091

CRATER LAKE, OREGON – Crater Lake National Park Rangers are seeking information on an individual who was involved in a Search and Rescue incident within the park starting on August 1, 2014.  They are also trying to ascertain the welfare of the individual following the incident.  On August 1st rangers responded to an area along the west rim north of Discovery Point adjacent to the Rim Trail for an individual who was observed to have fallen from the caldera rim surrounding Crater Lake.  The man was reported to have disappeared in the trees on the slope at that location.  The person was described as:

  • Approximately 40 year old white Caucasian male
  • Approximately 5 ft. 10 inches tall
  • 150 lbs.
  • Long dirty blond hair and full beard
  • Reported to have been wearing a blue ball cap, green t-shirt, and dark shorts
  • Carrying a dark blue backpack
  • Described as having one arm that was completely tattooed (a “sleeve” tattoo)
  • Wearing a black knee brace on one leg and an ace bandage from the knee to the ankle of the other leg

Rangers immediately began a search for individual.  Rangers along with personnel from Jackson, Douglas and Josephine County Search and Rescue teams conducted high angle search efforts at the location on the rim through Sunday, August 3rd.  In addition personnel searched from boats on Crater Lake and a helicopter conducted an aerial search of the slope.  The only finding during the search efforts was a pair of sunglasses located directly below where the individual was reported to have fallen.  It is believed that the individual may have somehow arrested his fall and climbed out of the caldera without making contact with rangers.

Other information suggests this hiker was northbound on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) through Crater Lake National Park and that he may be from the Bend, OR area.  If he was able to leave the area on his own, he may be further north on the PCT at this time.

Crater Lake National Park officials are interested in any information on this subject – his name, trail name, any contacts with him either before or after this incident, and any other information that may be pertinent.  Rangers wish to confirm the individual is well and he was able to safely extricate himself from the caldera.

Any persons with information should contact Crater Lake National Park Dispatch at: (541)594-3060.  If calling after hours please leave a detailed message with name and contact information.  Park officials appreciate any assistance in this case.   Park officials also remind all visitors to use extreme caution when walking near the edge of the caldera.  Visitors should obey all warning signs, stay on marked trails and remain behind rock walls and railings.


Author: Jack "Found" Haskel

As the Trail Information Manager, Jack works to connect people to the PCT. He's involved with a wide variety of projects that help the trail, the trail's users and the community that surrounds the experience. He has thru-hiked (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and is an obsessed weekend warrior.