I am sorry to be so slow at getting these posted. I have been busy with teaching genealogy classes, setting up a new blog for the classes, and doing orders for my vinyl company. Betsy is so good about sending me her hikes and I am thrilled with the beautiful pictures she shares with us. I will try to do better at my part and hope you are enjoying these wonderful hikes. (by Diane)
Sept 13, 2010…Harrison to ridge to ‘Miracle Mountain’…Tr #217…
hike # 370 by Betsy
This is a very long and very hard hike and our fourth time to the plane crash site…the first being our unsuccessful search for it; this is the hike wanted to do last week but turned back due to the fog. Skies were mostly cloudy when we left home today but headed up Pack River Rd anyway. Surprisingly there was one rig at the trail head, and we met the couple coming down…they had stayed the night up at the lake. We saw no one else today.
Here is what happened: With the top of the mountain covered in cap clouds, the Cessna 172, C-70040 hit a large snag 10' from the top and it split the plane in half. The two less injured walked out to Priest Lake….unbelievable…and the two more seriously hurt stayed with the plane and made a fire. Turns out they all should have stayed with the plane because their beeper had been picked up and the wreckage was located for the search party. But they didn't know that. Eventually most of the fuselage was removed but a tail section was hanging by a cable and could not be accessed so it is still there, but now lying below amid the boulders. The NTSB attributed the crash to pilot error, with misjudgment, clouds, mountains and a mountain wave being contributing factors.
Got up to ridge 1:25
Started back 1:40
Got back to main trail 3:30
Got to truck 4:35
Total miles hiked 11 miles
Total hiking time 7 hours, 5 minutes
GPS readings N48.40.073 W116.39.974 (location of wreck)