UPDATE: Hikers have been airlifted to the command post at Heart Bar campground and will be reunited with their family shortly.


UPDATE: Awaiting confirmation that the hikers found by a search helicopter is the missing men. Family members are at the command post waiting on word.


UPDATE: It's just been reported that the three hikers have been located. They are fatigued bit appear OK. All three are together.

The hikers are being extricated by helicopter.

As more information is available, this will be updated.



Search teams returned to comb the mountain trails in the San Gorgonio Wilderness looking for three missing hikers.

Ryan Shankles, David Yoder, Miguel De La Torre and James Goins arrived in the San Bernardino National Forest May 3 with plans for a day hike to the summit of San Gorgonio on May 4. They set out Saturday morning, but Goins wasn't feeling well and turned back.

Goins and the camp host were worried when Shankles, YUoder and De La Torre hadn't returned by 8 p.m.

The search for the three hikers from the Oceanside area has fanned out to the many trails that access the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The men left from Fish Creek Trail, and according to reports are experienced hikers. However, they weren't prepared for inclement weather and did not have overnight provisions with them.

Fish Creek Trail is off Forest Service Road 1N02 and intersects a number of trails as it leads to the summit. Search teams have encountered through-hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail as well as other hikers who have been to the summit and back. No on has reported any signs of the missing men.

The search is taking place on the ground, on horseback and from the air as weather permits.

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