Missing hiker found alive on South Sister

Search to start again for missing hiker

BEND, Ore. — A 38-year-old hiker missing on South Sister since Saturday afternoon was found alive Monday.

Gerald Derrickson was found by a trail runner and her partner at about 11:35 a.m. He was found on the Wickiup Plains trail, about 1.5 miles from the Devil's Lake Trailhead.

Derrickson was cold and thirsty, but in good condition, according to Deschutes County Sheriff's Offce Lt. Bryan Husband. He was able to walk out on his own power, where he was reunited with his family.

Husband said Derrickson, who didn't have a light source or GPS device with him, inadvertently wandered off the South Sisters climber's trail, becoming lost as he headed west into the Three Sisters Wilderness and Wickiup Plains area. He eventually found the Wickiup Plains trail, where he was found.

On Saturday afternoon, Derrickson summited the mountain in Bend after separating from his hiking partner. He then failed to return to the trailhead as planned.

A search began Sunday, but was suspended because of darkness and hazardous conditions.



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