9 Hikers get stuck in the dark on Camelback Mountain

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- Phoenix firefighters were called out to two mountain rescues Tuesday night, after a total of nine hikers got stuck in the dark on Camelback Mountain.

The first group of seven hikers, all aged 18 to 24, got stuck while hiking Echo Canyon. Darkness fell as the group neared the top, and no one was able to find the trail in the dark. The hikers had just one flashlight with them.

They called 911 shortly after 8:00 p.m.

A crew of rescuers assisted the hikers, and the Phoenix Police Firebird used its spotlights to shine the way down for the group. They all made it safely down about an hour later.

"It was really scary. I've heard stories about Camelback Mountain and I did not want to be one of those people that would got lost," said Wendy Garcia when she made it down the mountain.

A second pair of hikers got stuck on a different part of Camelback Mountain, in the Cholla Trail area. Rescuers were also called in to assist that group. Firefighters had to use a helicopter to hoist them off the mountain.

No one was injured.

The trails at Camelback Mountain close at sunset.