School group overdue on hike

November 09, 1980
Deep Canyon, Santa Rosa Mtns

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At 10:00 PM Sunday night we received a call from the Indio office of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department that a hiking group from the Desert Sun School was overdue in hiking out to Valerie Jean from the Deep Canyon area. While still in the gathering information stage, word relayed down from the Palms to Pines Highway that a large campfire could be seen in the canyon bottom. It was decided that it would be better to wait until morning and have the Sheriff's fixed wing aircraft fly the lower canyon and see if that was indeed the group.

The following morning the Indio office phoned with news of the groups' return to Valerie Jean.