Updated Tuesday 11:43 a.m.
Three northern San Diego County men who went missing last weekend while hiking in the San Bernardino-area back country were located Tuesday, in relatively good condition.
The men had some cuts and scrapes, and one of them had apparently been on the verge of hypothermia when found, but were otherwise OK.
They told news crews that they had huddled together to stay warm. In addition to airborne personnel, ground crews, including searchers on horseback and others working with dogs, scoured the wilderness for the missing hikers.
Deputies aboard a sheriff's patrol helicopter found Ryan Shankles and Miguel DeLatorre of Oceanside and David Yoder of Carlsbad about 10:15 a.m. in Northfork Meadows, near Mineshaft Campground.
The trio had gone missing Sunday morning as an unseasonably cold storm dropped snow on the region's highest peaks, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. A friend who started the hike but turned back reported that the group had spent Friday night at Heart Bar Campground.
On Saturday, the group drove to a trailhead with the intent to climb to the top of 11,503-foot Mount San Gorgonio, the highest peak in Southern California. Search teams, including a helicopter crew, failed to find any sign of the three Sunday, and the search was suspended until about 6:30 a.m. yesterday.
Sheriff's deputies said the men were experienced hikers who had food and water.
–City News Service