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10 Hikers Get Stuck on Mt. Tam After Footbridge Washes Out

Mount Tamalpais State Park.  Photo courtesy:  California State Parks
Mount Tamalpais State Park. Photo courtesy: California State Parks
By Bay City News Service: 

A group of hikers was rescued after becoming stranded on a popular Mt. Tamalpais trail on Sunday, a Marin County sheriff's lieutenant said Monday.

The sheriff's search-and-rescue team responded to a report of about 10 hikers who were stranded on the Cataract Trail near Alpine Lake at about 2:50 p.m., Lt. Doug Pittman said.

 Water from the heavy rain had washed out a footbridge that the hikers needed to use to get off the mountain, Pittman said. Rescuers were able to safely assist the group off the mountain by Sunday evening, he said.

 Pittman said the stranded party was initially part of a group of about 20 hikers who got stuck, but the other 10 took a different route to get out.


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Sierra Salin February 11, 2014 at 01:20 PM
If we just get rid of the word "rescued" and put in a less sensational "helped" or "assisted," we could probably do away with much of the animosity. To a degree, good for those folks to be out there at all, rather than in front of a television set. Personally, I am sad to see all the cars and suv's, and piles of yakking people, and I guess it ain't the 60's anymore, when we rarely say anybody. That was a fine bridge, and beauty spot. For many years it had a carving which said "Joy" on one of the support logs, and it was a joy to cross it. As for hopping the creek, some of us can crawl through a raging waterfall, and some of us could not cross a slippery stone if our lives depended upon it, AND, Cataract, during a heavy downpour, IS a raging river. Some of us climb on in in joy, and some of us hold back in fear, and either way, a misstep/slip can be fatal.
Carol X February 11, 2014 at 05:43 PM
If you read the comments you'll see that there were several young kids on the hike. I don't even LIKE kids, and I wouldn't wish this situation on a parent. People need to stop being so judgmental.
Rick Voorhees February 11, 2014 at 05:47 PM
Hey Justin, what on Earth are you doing with a 6 year old and two 3 year olds on a trail on Mt. Tam.. Especially when it's been pouring rain and going to be slippery as well.. I don't mean to be nasty about this but come on...You know you shouldn't have been on that trail to begin with those kids. Plus the fact you mentioned it here....Your very lucky...
Jane Doe February 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Good thing Lrwid and Clark weren't such pansies.
Jane Doe February 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Oops -- Lewis and Clark ...

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