SAR crews rescue Bend woman after Smith Rock fall

Solo hiker sought help, couldn't go on

TERREBONNE, Ore. - A Bend woman who fell and was injured during a solo hike Tuesday at Smith Rock State Park called for help, saying she could not walk on under her own power, prompting a rescue effort.

Deschutes County dispatchers got a call around 11:40 a.m. regarding the hiker, Cassie Mendoza, 27, who had sustained non-life-threatening injuries, said Lt. Bryan Husband, Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue coordinator.

Ten SAR volunteers and one SAR deputy responded to Mendoza's location, at the base of Monkey Face, on the west side of Smith Rock State Park, Husband said.

Mendoza was helped down the trail by wheeled litter, then across the Crooked River by inflatable craft, the lieutenant said. She  declined further medical attention was provided a courtesy ride back to her car in the park's parking lot.

"The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office would like to remind those recreating in Smith Rock State Park that Misery Ridge Trail can be a challenging hike, with varying trail conditions and footing," Husband said in a news release.

"It is always safer to hike or recreate in the outdoors with a partner." he added. "Mendoza was hiking alone and fortunate other hikers came upon her quickly and assisted her until SAR units arrived."

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