Five hikers spent an unexpected night in the High Peaks Wilderness last Thursday.
David Guirola, Jessica Lasprilla, Yandy Rodriguez, Edward Garcia and Kevin Gonzales, all of Miami, Fla., left from the Rocky Acres Inn in Schroon Lake at 10 a.m. and drove to the Upper Works trailhead for a day hike, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
They had planned to hike over to the Adirondack Mountain Reserve lands around the AuSable Lakes and back. When they had not returned by 11 p.m., staff at the inn called 911.
While two forest rangers prepared to respond to the search, a state police trooper reported locating the group's vehicle in the Upper Works trailhead parking lot. The two forest rangers searched the trails through the rainy night and had no luck finding the group of missing hikers.
The next morning, six additional forest rangers joined the search, with two entering the High Peaks Wilderness from the north. At 10:05 a.m. the group was located in the Calamity Brook area.
The were wet and cold but otherwise healthy. After rehydrating and warming them up, forest rangers escorted them back to their vehicle.