Search for missing hiker at Crater Lake National Park

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, May 8 2014 at 5:39 PM, Updated: Thu, May 8 2014 at 9:09 PM

Crater Lake National Park, Ore. - A week long search for a missing hiker at Crater Lake National Park is being scaled back.

The hiker is believed to have fallen down the caldera while snow-shoeing.

Crater Lake Public Information Officer Marsha McCabe says park rangers believe the hiker may have fallen off of a trail leading to Garfield Peak, just to the east of Crater Lake Lodge "There was a set of snow shoe tracks that went out towards the edge of the caldera, and didn't come back."

The hiker rented snow shoes from the Rim Village gift shop on April 28th.

Two days later, McCabe notes that a missing person report was filed "And so we started a search."

The hiker's vehicle was still in the parking lot, and one of his personal items was found on the Garfield Peak trail where the snow shoe track ended.

McCabe will only say that the hiker was a man from outside Oregon "The family has asked that we not release any personal information at this time."

It's believed that the hiker walked out onto a snow cornice, or overhang, which then collapsed.

"It is unlikely that they could have survived the fall."  Added McCabe.

That fall would have been about 1100 feet.

Marsha McCabe points out that the incident underscores the need to keep back from the caldera "And just for your safety, and your family's safety, please keep away from the edge."

For now, the location of the missing hiker remains a mystery.

Helicopters were unable to find any traces of the hiker.

Rangers hope to get a boat onto the lake sometime next month to search the shore area.

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Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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