Mom, daughter found safe after losing their way hiking

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by Tami Hoey

Video report by Jaime Cerreta

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 5 at 12:41 PM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Search crews have located a woman and her 8-year-old daughter who got lost while hiking in North Scottsdale.

The two were hiking Tom's Thumb Monday, in the area of 128th Street and Cactus Road, when they apparently lost the trail and couldn't find their way back.

The woman brought her cellphone, so she was able to call for help. Later, when authorities lost the ability to speak to her by phone, they were still able to exchange texts. But it wasn't long before her phone died and search crews lost contact.

As darkness fell and temperatures began to dip, the Phoenix Fire Department, Phoenix Police Department and the Department of Public Safety sent crews to search the area for the pair.

Searchers used infrared lights to locate them on the north side of the mountain about three hours after the first call. They were not hurt and crews were able to walk them down.

According to the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, "The Tom's Thumb East End Loop is an extremely challenging 11-mile loop that includes East End, Windgate Pass, and Tom's Thumb trails, with many very steep and loose sections and three major climbs."

The Tom’s Thumb East End Loop is an extremely challenging, 11-mile loop that includes East End, Windgate Pass, and Tom’s Thumb trails with many very steep and loose sections and three major climbs. - See more at: http://www.mcdowellsonoran.org/trailhead/displayHike/12#sthash.VtRbZvx7.D3NIAMkW.dpuf

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