0425 GMT July 24, 2021
According to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Hope Ryan and 23-year-old Kristen Jost set out to do a day-long hike, leaving on Saturday.
Their intended route from the Stuart Lake trail head to the Snow Lakes trail head is a 7.9-mile (12.7km) hike, according to Google Maps. However, deputies said when the women did not arrive by their expected time at 8 p.m. that evening, the Chelan County Volunteer Search and Rescue were alerted, and the search began to find the missing hikers.
According to a Facebook post from the Chelan County Emergency Management, there were sightings of the women on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Inspiration Lake and Earle Lake on Sunday at noon. This lead helped rescue teams. At approximately 8:30 p.m on Monday, both women were found at Earle Lake. Officials said they were safe and in good physical condition.
The women told search crews that they had made a wrong turn traveling north off the main Snow Lakes Trail and got lost. In the days, they were missing, both women rationed their food for sustenance.