Released by: Deputy Aaron Myers, Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Release Date: 07/08/2022

Location: Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park

Person Assisted: 28 year old Female, Puyallup, WA

On July 8, 2022, at 1016 hours, 911 Dispatch received a call regarding an injured hiker on the Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park. It was determined a 28 year old female had fallen, while hiking, and sustained injuries which prevented her from walking down the trail without the assistance of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue.

Redmond Fire and Rescue made initial contact with the female and after evaluation determined she would have to be wheeled down in a wheeled litter by DCSO SAR Volunteers.

11 DCSO SAR Volunteers responded to assist the injured hiker. The DCSO SAR Volunteers departed the SAR Office at approximately 1045 hours and made contact with the hiker at approximately 1141 hours. The DCSO SAR Volunteers wheeled the injured hiker approximately ¼ of a mile down the trail. The hiker was then transported by vehicle from the area of the walking bridge at Smith Rock State Park to the parking lot where she was then transported to the hospital by Redmond Fire and Rescue for further evaluation.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.