The first snow in California arrived yesterday and closed 3 mountain passes including Ebbetts Pass on highway 4.
6 hikers came off the Pacific Crest Trail yesterday to find the road closed and themselves stranded in snow.
CHP reports that all 6 hikers appeared unprepared for cold, snowy weather.
Luckily, a CHP officer drove up to Ebbetts Pass and was able to transport all 6 of them to a safe location.
Maybe rescue is too strong a word for this situation, but had this CHP officer not shown up, these 6 people could have been in a tough spot waiting for the highway to open.
CHP hopes that highway 4 will open this afternoon.
“Concerned about hikers and campers in the temporarily closed area of SR-4, Officer Ruiz drove to the top of Ebbetts Pass today. He located 6 hikers that had just came off of the Pacific Crest Trail and he was able to provide transportation for them to a safe and warm location. He related that none of the 6 appeared to be prepared for the sudden cold weather. This is a good reminder to always be prepared for any weather when enjoying our backcountry.
Caltrans hopes to have SR-4 open by Friday afternoon.” – CHP, yesterday