Missing hiker found on Finger Rock Trail - Tucson News Now

Missing hiker found on Finger Rock Trail

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Sheriff's Department along with the Southern Arizona Search and Rescue crew have found the missing hiker.

A woman hiking in the Catalina Mountain foothills Saturday afternoon called 9-1-1 to report she was badly injured, Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Peine said.

The woman was found on the Finger Rock Trail north of Alvernon Road and Skyline Drive. Rescuers responded to the scene and she was helicoptered to safety.

Peine added the woman suffered fractures and cuts and was taken to University of Arizona Medical Center.

The Finger Rock Trail is a 10-mile roundtrip hike to The Summitt At Finger Rock. The hike goes from 3,000 feet in elevation to 7,000 feet.

David Brown, a veteran member of Southern Arizona Search and Rescue Association, said "Rule number one. Never go by yourself. Always go with a friend. Always let someone know where you're going and when you're going to be back."

Search and rescue experts also emphasize to always drink enough water, even in the days leading up to the hike. Also, wear bright colored clothing so rescuers will have an easier time finding you.

The Southern Arizona Rescue Association is made up of volunteers. They're looking for more volunteers as the Summer months approach. If you're interested, visit their website here.

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