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Two hikers rescued off Mount Olympus

Published April 25, 2012 2:05 pm

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A mother and daughter were rescued from Mount Olympus after they took a wrong turn and ended up stuck on the mountainside.

Unified Police authorities said the 52-year-old woman and her 27-year-old daughter hiked to the peak of Mount Olympus on Tuesday morning, but as they were coming back down the mountain, they took a wrong turn to the south and ended up in Heughs Canyon. They became "cliffed-out," and couldn't go any further down the mountain, but couldn't climb back to where they came from either.

The mother called her husband, who then called police. Three separate rescue teams, including a medical helicopter, were sent to aid the women, who were not injured. They finally found the women, led them to a safe spot, and had the helicopter take them back to the trailhead around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Officials say this misstep into Heughs Canyon is common with hikers, because the two trails look very similar to each other when heading down the mountain.

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