Two Hikers Rescued from Mt. Healy

Two hikers are safe after getting lost on Mt. Healy near Denali National Park. The Park Service reports that the women headed out Tuesday night from the Parks Highway with plans to head up Bison Gulch, to the top of Mt. Healy and possibly on to Savage River. Park spokeswoman Kris Fister says the pair of 22-year-olds ran into trouble when the weather soured above tree-line.

Fister says the hikers, seasonal tourism employees from the lower 48, were able to alert authorities they needed help Wednesday morning via cell phone.  She says a search that included a ground team, plane and a National Guard helicopter, was unable to locate the pair on the mountain.

Fister says the hikers struggled down several miles through heavy brush to a creek bed where they were found and flown out by the National Guard helicopter crew early Thursday morning, in good condition.

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Dan Bross is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.

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