SDMRT 2019-11 McCain Valley

SDMRT Operations Report 2019-05-19
Full Callout – McCain Valley San Diego County
19 – May – 2019

SDMRT Responders: Richard Yocum, Marshall Masser, Pete Jenkins, Dennis Peck
SDMRT ITC: Patrick Carey

Short Summary:

  • Type of Callout: Full
  • Type of search: Search for missing hiker with no known medical issues.
  • Environment: mountain trail.
  • Location: McCain Valley Rd. San Diego County
  • CP at Cottonwood Campground approximately 10 miles after pavement turns to dirt on McCain Valley Rd.
  • · Operational periods: 1830-2000

Hiker was too tired to return to vehicle parked at end of McCain Valley Road.

Information about the subject:

  • Number/names of subjects: 2 subjects
  • Age/Gender: older female
  • Mental status: no cognitive impairments other than fatigue
  • Injuries, if applicable: No prior injuries reported
  • How were they found: Subject had walked out
  • Any rescuers injured: None known
  • Aircraft used: None known.

Descriptive Report

  • Hikers had parked their Jeep at the end of McCain Valley Road and started hiking up the trail that starts there.
  • As they were returning to their vehicle they became fatigue and called for help using 911.
  • Officer found vehicle but could not raise them on phone.
  • Heavy wind, dropping temperatures and precipitation began and the subjects decided they were strong enough to hike out before the weather got worse.