A late backpacker was found and airlifted to Olympia for medical evaluation and treatment, Olympic National Park reported on Sunday evening.
Jerren Fisher, 26, of New York City, is in stable condition, park spokesperson Penny Wagner said.
He was found four days after being reported missing by his family on Thursday. He was alone on the road trip, his family said. He had a wilderness permit from Sept. 8 to 12 and planned to camp at Enchanted Valley, Marmot Lake, Camp Pleasant and Sundown Lake, Wagner said.
National Park Service search and rescue teams found Fisher and a Coast Guard helicopter hoisted him up and transported him to Olympia, Wagner said.
Six teams were looking for Fisher on Sunday. His last known location was the start of the Graves Creek Trail in the Quinault Rainforest – where rangers found his vehicle.
Forest rangers had questioned people who were on the same trails.
#UPDATE: Images of the rescued hiker lifting camera. The man was hoisted by a helicopter crew from Astoria, #Oregon. According to the pilot, the man was well prepared for the situation he found himself in. @OlympicNP pic.twitter.com/qQnRzF6UKO
– USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW) September 20, 2021
Fisher was described as being 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds, with light brown hair in a ponytail and a thick red beard. He is known for hiking in tie-dye T-shirts and bright colors, the park had said.
Search and rescue personnel walked in the wild from the Graves Creek Trailhead to Sundown Lake on Thursday following Fisher’s route in the opposite direction, as well as from the North Fork Skokomish Trail, Wagner said.
National Park Service personnel who were already in the wild helped search between Marmot Lake and Camp Pleasant. Olympic Mountain Rescue also joined the search efforts Thursday and worked in the Six Ridge area and the Seven Stream drainage area.
On Friday, search teams covered the area from Sundown Lake to the South Fork Skokomish Trail via Sundown Pass, Sundown Lake to the North Fork Skokomish Trail via Six Ridge Pass and the North Fork Skokomish Trail from Staircase to Six Ridge.
Researchers combed the Wynoochee Pass trail and switchbacks in the Seven Stream area on Saturday, Wagner said.
Field crews consisted of volunteers from Olympic Mountain Rescue and Tacoma Mountain Rescue with assistance from staff from the National Park Service, the Washington State Search and Rescue Planning Unit, and the park. North Cascades National.