UPDATE: AUG. 18 AT 12:30 P.M.
The Chelan County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) has released more information about the two hikers who went missing after hiking the Enchantments Loop Trail. After search and rescue crews talked to a couple who had seen the women, they sent more crews, ultimately leading to them being found.
The women were found near Earle Lake. According to CCSO, they were loaded into an airplane and were flown to the Leavenworth search and rescue base. Both women were in good physical condition after spending three days in the woods with limited supplies.
The women told search and rescue they accidentally turned down the wrong way. CCSO said they realized they were lost and decided to remain in the Earle Lake area, hoping to be rescued. They rationed their limited food supply and had extra clothing to stay warm.
UPDATE: AUG. 17 AT 2:30 A.M.
CHELAN COUNTY, Wash. - Two women who went missing while hiking in Chelan County have been found safe according to a Facebook post by the sheriff's office.
Chelan County officials are searching for two women who went missing while hiking on the Enchantments Loop Trail.
Chelan County Emergency Management says Hope Ryan and Kristen Jost had planned a day hike on Saturday, Aug. 15, and were expected to have been out by 8 p.m. Their intended route of hike was from the Stuart Lake trailhead to the Snow Lakes trailhead.
Authorities say there was a confirmed sighting of them at Inspiration Lake at 5 p.m. Saturday, and another potential reported sighting at Earle Lake around noon Sunday.
Hope is described as 5"4" 150 pounds with dark red hair, possibly in braids. She was last seen wearing a bright green t-shirt, black yoga pants, with a bright green coat and dark-colored backpack.
Kristen is described as 5"8" with a medium build and long straight brown hair, possibly in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing a green dri-fit shirt with black tank top or gray t-shirt underneath with black pants, blue hiking boots and a navy backpack.
If anyone spots these missing hikers, you are encouraged to contact Rivercom at 509-663-9911.