Five stranded hikers rescued from Four Peaks

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(Source: Maricopa County Sheriffs Office) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriffs Office)
(Source: Maricopa County Sheriffs Office) (Source: Maricopa County Sheriffs Office)
MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Five hikers needed rescuing from the Four Peaks Wilderness Monday after becoming lost near Browns Peak. They had run low on food and water and called for help. 

The Maricopa County Sheriffs Office says the hikers were found in an area where it was unsafe to land a helicopter due to the terrain, so instead, search and rescue crews started out on foot. They hiked approximately 2 miles to get to them. 

"They were in a very difficult spot," Rescue Technician Spencer Smith said.

Luckily, their cell phones worked, and they brought along a battery pack to recharge the phones.

"That allowed them to call 911 and let us pinpoint their location. It made finding them much easier," Smith said.

All five were finally rescued 12 hours after the operation began. In all, they spent 30 hours in the mountains.

"They were in surprisingly good shape and high spirits, considering the ordeal they experienced," Smith said.

The hikers live in the Valley and are experienced hikers.

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