Lassen Volcanic National Park (CA)
Rescue of Missing Hiker
On July 19th, rangers received a report that an elderly man was overdue from
a hike in the southwest area of the park. A hasty search was begun at
daylight the next day. Rangers Luke Hodgson and Allison OConnor located
Charles Parrish, injured and dehydrated, in a ravine south of Mill Creek
Falls that afternoon. Parrish lost the trail near dusk the previous evening.
At about the same time, he suffered from numerous sliding falls which
deposited him downstream from the falls. Hodgson and OConnor provided
medical treatment and assisted Parrish to the trailhead. Parrish is legally
blind and had only a bottle of water and the park brochure with him. Parrish
frequents National Park Service areas, has been the subject of searches in
Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks, and refuses to carry the ten
essentials or admit difficulty in locating the trail due to poor eyesight.
[Submitted by John Roth, Chief Ranger]