Lost Los Alamos Juvenile Hiker Found Safe Near Red Dot Trail in White Rock This Afternoon

Los Alamos Fire Department Rescue vehicles line up near the Red Dot Trailhead this afternoon in search of a young hiker who became lost. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

A 15-year old Los Alamos girl reported lost earlier this afternoon in White Rock Canyon off the Red Dot Trail has been located through the coordinated search and rescue efforts and quick response of Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments.

The girl, whose identity has not been released, sustained a minor injury that is not life-threatening. She was assisted out of the canyon by rescue crews and reunited with her family at the top of the trail.

Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the hiker was able to walk on her own.

The Red Dot Trail runs about one mile each way and descends at a steep rate into White Rock Canyon – it loses about 900 feet in just under a mile. It’s known for loose rocks underfoot on the trail, causing some precarious footing. The Los Alamos County trails book recommends only children who are experienced hikers should be take this particular trail, at a slow pace, because of the hazards.

A Los Alamos firefighter scans the area along the Red Dot Trail today where a young hiker became lost. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A firefighter drives an ATV onto the Red Dot Trail this afternoon where a young hiker was in need of assistance. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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