Lost Portland hikers rescued on Columbia Gorge trail

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two Portland hikers who were lost and stranded overnight on a trail in the Columbia River Gorge were rescued early Sunday morning.

Elizabeth Flanagan, 36, and Sue Giordano, 44, got lost Saturday afternoon near Nesmith Point at nearly 4,000 feet. One of their husbands called the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office at around 3:15 p.m. to report they were lost.

Search and rescue teams began to work their way up to the hikers just before 7 p.m.

Rescuers found the two women at 12:15 a.m. Both were in good condition, according to Lt. Steve Alexander with the sheriff’s office.

Flanagan and Giordano were prepared for the elements, Alexander said.

They were reunited with their families at 3:45 a.m.