Desolation Wilderness, El Dorado National Forest
ELDORADO NATIONAL FOREST, CA - Minus some cuts and scrapes, a Brooklyn, New York man was no worse for the wear after spending Sunday overnight in Desolation Wilderness after he became lost.
Chris Majors, 38, and three others were hiking to Lake Aloha and Lake of the Woods when they decided to separate and meet up before dark at their vehicles at Echo Lakes Lodge, said Lt. Tim Becker with the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. The three others returned before dark and waited for Majors but he didn't show.
The sheriff's office was notified and deputies contacted search and rescue volunteers to prepare for a search Monday morning if Majors didn't return.
Searchers and a California Highway Patrol helicopter began looking for Majors when one of the hikers who had been with the missing man received a text message from him saying he was with other, unknown hikers still in Desolation Wilderness, Becker said. Abut half an hour later, Majors made a cellphone call to his friend and searchers were able to call Majors back to figure out his location. Becker said they went to the backcountry where they found Majors and walked him out to the Echo Lakes Lodge command post.
Majors said he made a small fire to keep himself during the night. He came upon the other unknown hikers in the morning and was then able to contact his friend via cellphone, Becker said.