PINAL COUNTY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Several agencies rescued 44 hikers from a Kansas group at Lost Dutchman State Park in the Superstition Wilderness area Thursday night, according to Superstition Fire and Medical Department.
SFMD said Pinal County Sheriff's Office received a call from a distressed hiker on the Flat Iron Trail at about 7:30 p.m.
When crews arrived, they learned that it was a group of 44 from Kansas that were stuck on the trail.
"We gave them all the safety information we could and highly recommended that they do not hike this trail especially being that they were calling late in the morning and they weren’t even planning on arriving until late into the afternoon,” said Amy Schnoes, an Arizona park ranger.
SFMD said the group had arrived at the trail that afternoon at around 2:30 p.m.
"We got a call from volunteers in the camp ground that part of the group had turned around because one was in in distress," said Schnoes.
At that time temperatures were hovering around 110 degrees.
"Most of them made it back down on their own but we ended up having four that needed to be rescued off the mountain," Schnoes said.
Of the 44 hikers assisted, two were flown out by The Arizona Department of Public Safety's Ranger Helicopter and two others were led out by UTV, one of whom were transported by ground to a local hospital.
No other details on the hikers' conditions were released.
"It’s the hardest hike in the Valley once you get past the basin area there’s no designated trail. It’s a five to eight-hour hike for avid hikers and your last mile is pretty much a vertical climb over rocks and boulders 2 to 10 feet tall," said Schnoes.
We asked if the hikers would be billed for the rescue. Arizona park rangers said they would not.
SFMD, PCSO and DPS responded to Lost Dutchman State Park last night to assist a group of forty-four hikers out of the wilderness area of the park. Several of the hikers were overcome with heat. Two of the hikers were evacuated by DPS Ranger Helicopter. pic.twitter.com/kp2Ak9uDyg— SFMD (@sfmd_az_gov) August 23, 2019