Hiker found OK after being reported missing on the Obsidian Trail

In this Sept. 8, 2016 photo, Obsidian Trail cuts through lava rock on the way to Obsidian Falls near Sisters, Ore. The Obsidian Trailhead provides access to the Pacific Crest Trail and to loop hikes of 10.6 and 15.8 miles that feature some of the most dramatic scenery Oregon has to offer. (Mark Morical/The Bulletin via AP)

MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. - Search and rescue crews located an overdue hiker reported missing from the Obsidian Trail off Highway 242 on the Willamette National Forest.

Phone service is poor in the area. Dispatch records show the man was reported missing around 6:13 p.m. Thursday after failing to return to a meeting point when expected by 2 companions, Sgt. Carrie Carver with the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Carver said records show search crews were on the trail Thursday night through the morning.

Later in the day, she reported that the hiker had been found.

"The hiker has been located and is in good health," Carver said.

The Obsidian Trail passes through the Three Sisters Wilderness. Access is limited by permits. The management plan allows 30 day hikers and 40 overnight visitors per day.

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