Subscribe Register Login

Friday, August 29, 2014, 5:22 a.m.
Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal

Search on for missing hiker at Mount Rainier

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 20, 2014 at 3:13 p.m.

ASHFORD, Wash. — Crews were searching at Mount Rainier National Park on Friday for a Seattle hiker who was reported missing late Wednesday.

Karen Sykes, a knowledgeable hiker, had adequate survival gear to camp overnight in the event of an emergency, park spokeswoman Patti Wold said.

Sykes, who is well known in the Northwest hiking community, has written numerous outdoors stories for online publications and newspapers. She also authored a book about hikes in Western Washington.

She was working on a story at the time, Wold said.

Sykes hiked ahead of her partner Wednesday when the two reached snow level at an elevation of about 5,000 feet on the east side of the mountain, Wold said. She was reported overdue several hours later.

Crews are scouring steep, rugged terrain in the Owyhigh Lakes area for a second day Friday. They are focused on eight miles of the Owyhigh Lakes Trail. Teams may also search by air Friday if weather permits.

Safety concerns for Sykes and search crews include snow bridges, tree wells, as well as steep, wet and slippery terrain, Wold said. On Thursday, a searcher was hurt when he punched through a snow bridge and was airlifted out of the search area.

In a separate search, an injured climber was airlifted Thursday off Double Peak after crews responded to a spot-locater beacon.

Comments on: Search on for missing hiker at Mount Rainier

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.


  • Instructors

    The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), located in...

  • Project manager

    uams northwest and research coordinator positions available...

  • Coding team lead

    Arkansas Health Group APRN or PA Baptist Health On-Site - 8a...
    Little Rock, AR

  • Construction jobs

    forsgren, inchiring concrete finishers2 yrs. Experience Requ...

  • Tree tirmmers

    27-temporary Tree Trimmers & Pruners Position: 10/01/14-11/0...

Search 914 jobs >

Top Picks - Arkansas Daily Deal
Arkansas Online