A small group of Cub Scouts and adults, apparently from outside the Grays Harbor area, went missing Monday night, but all turned up safe by Tuesday morning.
Six hikers — two adults and four Scouts — set out on an overnight hike Monday off Donkey Creek Road, north of Hoquiam, according to reports from the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office.
They were set to meet another adult at the West Fork Shelter by 7 p.m. to camp for the night, Undersheriff Brad Johansson said. When they did not arrive by that time, that adult raised the alarm.
One of the adults with three of the youths made it to the shelter later that evening, he said. However, the other adult and a related Scout had been hiking at a slower pace.
“They ended up getting off the trail in the dark and camped off the trail,” Johansson said. “There were several downed trees on the trail, and while navigating around the trees they got off the hiking trail.”
But, as Scouters, they were prepared; they had provisions with them to camp overnight. The next morning, they got moving again and found a logging road, he said; and they met up with searchers before noon.
Johansson said the report did not show which troop the hikers belong to, but they were not from Grays Harbor. “It appears they were from Pierce County,” he said.