Injured hiker rescued from Misery Ridge

Deschutes County Search and Rescue on Friday helped an injured hiker from the top of Smith Rock’s Misery Ridge Trail.

About 1:41 PM, Deschutes County dispatch received a 911 call regarding an injured hiker, later identified as 48-year-old Jennifer Roth of Sutherlin. She had slipped and fallen on the trail while hiking on top of Misery Ridge, a steep, but popular switchback trail at the state park in Terrebonne.

SAR Coordinator Deputy John Westfall said the injury was reportedly non-life-threatening, but it had left Roth immobilized and stranded on top of Misery Ridge.

One Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy and 13 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the scene to help. Redmond Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene and were the first to make contact with Roth, tending to her injuries until DCSO units could arrive.

The DCSO Deputy and SAR volunteers, along with the assistance of Redmond Fire, were able to take Roth down the trail on wheeled litter. Roth was handed over to a member of her party at her request and was planned on going to St. Charles for her injuries.


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