If you saw helicopters overhead and search and rescue vehicles in the Snoqualmie Valley area over the weekend, you weren’t alone.
It was a very busy weekend for local volunteer search and rescue crews. With the beautiful Puget Sound summer weather continuing into yet another weekend, local lakes, rivers and hiking trails were crowded with visitors.
Seattle Mountain Rescue said over the weekend of September 6th and 7th, they responded to four Snoqualmie Valley area rescues, including a fallen climber on the west ridge of of Chair Peak, a lost hiker on Mailbox Peak, another fallen climber at Little Si and a sick hiker on Rattlesnake Ledge.
King County Sheriff’s Office Guardian 2 helicopter responded to Chair Peak Saturday, September 6th around 4PM and hoisted an injured female climber out, delivering her to a waiting ambulance at Alpental. You can see video of the hoist rescue HERE.
Over the weekend a helicopter also responded to Rattlesnake Lake to evacuate a hiker with a medical emergency. Crews from Seattle Mountain Rescue, King County Explorer Search and Rescue, Eastside Fire & Rescue, King County Medic One and Watershed Protection helped pack the hiker out from Rattlesnake Ledge to the waiting helicopter at Rattlesnake Lake.
Seattle Mountain Rescue stated via social media that it has been a busy year thus far for its team, participating in about 90 missions with 7 of those being in the Rattlesnake Ledge area of North Bend.