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Hiker Who Lost Sight Of Trail Blames Daylight Savings Time

A hiker who had to be rescued by Multnomah County sheriff’s searchers says darkness sneaked up on him because of the end of daylight saving time.

The 43-year-old Beaverton man went on a day hike Thursday around Horsetail Falls, but it was longer than he remembered from a previous hike and he ran out of daylight.

He called 911 and said he couldn’t see the trail.

Searchers found him about 2 a.m. Friday at the 3,000-foot elevation where a mix of rain and snow was falling. He was cold and shaken, but able to walk out on his own. He had used a lighter he was carrying to burn his hat and backpack to keep warm.

Rescuers escorted him out of the woods at Oneonta Falls before 6 a.m.

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