Missing hiker found alive after six days in Glen Canyon area

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GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA — A 72-year-old man who disappeared August 29 after he left for a hike in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area has been found alive.

According to a news release from the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, the 72-year-old Richfield man was dehydrated and sunburned, but otherwise in good health.

The news release said the man had informed a friend he would be exploring in the Hole in the Rock area and he planned a day hike to Lake Powell. When he failed to return, his friend became worried and contacted the sevier County Sheriff’s Office.

“This hiker’s life was saved by a call from a concerned friend,” said Alan Alldredge, Chief Deputy at Kane County Sheriff’s Office. “Hiking with a friend, and letting someone know specifically where you plan to hike, and when you plan to return, can make the difference between life and death.”

After officers confirmed the man wasn’t at his home, park rangers found his car, as well as his entry in the trail registry at the Willow Creek Trailhead.

The National Park Service, the Utah Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Land Management joined the Kane County Sheriff’s Office in a search effort lasting until Sunday around 2 p.m., when the man was found about 2.5 miles southwest of the trailhead.

The news release said his bronzed skin blended in with the surrounding rocks, but a spotter in a helicopter saw him waving his shirt. He was taken by helicopter to Escalante, Utah for medical treatment and rehydration.