Overdue PCT Backpackers

April 23, 1977
San Jacinto Mountains

Saturday afternoon, Walt Walker received a call from the Banning office of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, that two hikers were overdue on a hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.

The two young hikers had told parents while in Idyllwild (who had brought them a fresh supply of food) that it would take them a week to hike to Big Bear Lake. Not an impossible task, but unlikely that they would make that good of time.

It was decided not to start a search, but wait a day or so. The two young men telephoned home, two days later.